SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The first fall “Great Decisions” program will take place in the Holmes Room at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1:30 p.m.
Presented in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association, the Southwest Harbor Public Library “Great Decisions” series focuses on critical issues in American foreign policy. The first “Great Decisions” group was launched in Portland, Ore., in 1954 and is designed to be a face-to-face, active and informal conversation on important topics in current foreign affairs. Chosen by experts and supported by participant discussion guides and video briefings, these programs are designed to inform the public about these critical issues and to encourage discussion and debate.
Four new topics are part of the program beginning in mid-October. The program will run four consecutive Saturdays: Oct. 18 and 25, and November 1 and 8. This autumn’s topics will include: energy independence, food and climate, China’s foreign policy and U.S. trade policy. Participants will receive guides prior to the first program with readings to help make them better informed for the discussion. Programs are begun with a video followed by moderated group discussion. Whenever possible, the program moderator will be an expert in the area under discussion.
Participants in spring’s sessions were uniform in their praise for the program: “Exactly the kind of discussions and conversations I was hoping for,” and “I can’t wait until the fall sessions resume as the topics are really timely.”
Participation is limited to 30, and pre-registration is required. A $20 donation covers the cost of a Participant’s Guide for those who need one. To register, call the library at 244-7065, visit in person, or email [email protected]