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Mark your calendars for the Great Decisions Series

Red glass marble globeThe Great Decisions Discussion Series continues at the Norman Public Library Thursday, February 28 in Room A/B at the library, 225 N. Webster, at 6:30 p.m. with a video presentation produced by the Foreign Policy Association.

The February 28 discussion topic is Defense and Security: The U.S. military is adopting new policies and methods for defending the U.S. and its interests abroad. What should U.S. priorities be? How should its forces be structured and deployed to meet new security challenges?

The program will be presented by Ambassador Edwin Corr, Senior Research Fellow of the International programs Center, University of Oklahoma; creator and former director of the Energy Institute of the Americas; and former U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Bolivia, and El Salvador.


Through the discussion series hosted by the Norman public library, participants can meet, discuss issues, debate and arrive at an informed opinion on each topic. For each session, participants will read essays on the listed topic and then meet to discuss the topic with a local scholar. At the end of the program, each participant is invited to complete a national opinions survey, the results of which are presented to the White House, the Departments of State and Defense, members of Congress, and the national media.

To register to attend this first discussion in the series, stop by the Adult Information Desk at the library or call 701-2620. An optional Briefing Book which contains all the essays and reading material is available for purchase. The Great Decisions Program is sponsored locally by the Friends of the Norman Public Library.

Other dates, topics, and moderators in the series are: March 6 European Union at 50, presented by Professor Mitchell Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, School of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma; March 13 Russia, presented by Professor Paul Goode, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma.

The Great Decisions Discussion Series is the flagship educational program of the Foreign Policy Association. The nation-wide outreach program was started in 1954. Today, there are more than 400,000 participants.

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about world issues. It provides publications, programs and forums to increase public awareness of matters relating to world policy.

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