Lifelong Scholar Society Presents Foreign Policy Association

Great Decisions

Great Decisions Begins Its New Season with a New Format and New Location

Beginning November 1, Great Decisions will be free to all attendees. We encourage you to bring a brown bag dinner. Soft drinks, coffee and water will be provided, or you can bring your own happy hour libations if you like. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a bring-your-own-eats-and-drinks-get together to discuss leading issues.

The Foreign Policy Association DVD will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Florida Institute of Technology professor or local expert on the topic, who will moderate the discussion of our topic of the night.

The new location is:
2261 Town Center Ave #103,
Melbourne, FL 32940
(in the Avenues of Viera to the left of Belk).

Although Great Decisions is a free event, registration is required.

 


February 7, 2018

Trade, Jobs and Politics

Moderated by Dr. Timothy Muth
The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: trade means that China wins at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—gross domestic product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.

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March 7, 2018

China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation

Moderated by Dr. Wanfa Zhang
What are Beijing’s geopolitical objectives? What leadership and political conditions in each society underlie growing Sino-American tensions? What policies might Washington adopt to address this circumstance?

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April 4, 2018

Global Health: Progress and Challenges

Moderated by Dr. Dave Weldon
The collective action of countries, communities and organizations over the last 30 years has literally saved millions of lives around the world. Yet terrible inequalities in health and wellbeing persist. The world now faces a mix of old and new health challenges, including the preventable deaths of mothers and children, continuing epidemics of infectious diseases and rising rates of chronic disease. We also remain vulnerable to the emergence of new and deadly pandemics. For these reasons, the next several decades will be just as important—if not more so—than the last in determining wellbeing across nations.

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May 2, 2018

South Africa’s Fragile Democracy

Moderated by Dr. Jacob Ivey
The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. It faces growing threats from both left and right opposition parties, even as intraparty divisions surface. Given America’s history of opportunistic engagement with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, a weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy.

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Contact us by email at pdpregistration@fit.edu or call (321) 674-8382, option 2.