Great Decisions 2019

Climate Change and the Global Order

Friday, April 3rd at the JCC in Sherman

Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time.

Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

Once again the  JCC and The Sherman Library will be co-hosting this event!

To register please call the JCC in Sherman at 860-355-8050 or the Sherman Library at 860-354-2455

FREE

Includes briefing book (first come first serve for books as there is a limited number)

Begins Friday, April 3rd at the JCC in Sherman  | 7PM-9PM


Modern Slavery & human Trafficking

Friday, July 10th at the JCC in Sherman

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery.

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

China's Road into Latin America

Friday, September 11th at the Sherman Library

How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan?

As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence”?

Red Sea Security

Friday, june 12th at the Sherman Library

With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like?

The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

artificial intelligence & data

Friday, November 13th at the Sherman Library

Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution.

Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?


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the Philippines & the u.s.

Friday, October 9th at the JCC in sherman

The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century.

The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century.  However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a largescale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?

India & Pakistan

Friday, May 8th at the Sherman library

How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

U.s. Relations with the Northern Triangle

Friday, August 14th at the JCC in Sherman

The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S.

Combatting illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?