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Great Decisions Lecture Series Returns to WCCOA for 2018

Great Decisions Lecture Series Returns to WCCOA for 2018

Bowling Green, OH (January 8, 2018) – Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) along with the BG AAUW Branch will once again host the Great Decisions Lecture Series at the Wood County Senior Center (305 N. Main St., Bowling Green) for six consecutive Saturdays from 9:30-11 a.m. January 20-February 24, 2017.

The Great Decisions Lecture Series is an informative educational discussion group. Participants will be enlightened with up-to-date information on worldly topics facilitated by Bowling Green State University professors. The professors will provide an opportunity for questions and answers following each discussion session.

The series is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and WCCOA.

Registration is required due to limited seating. When registering, a name and phone number is required in case of cancellations due to inclement weather. Manuals are available for $25 but not required.

To register for this program, contact the WCCOA program department at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935, or email programs@wccoa.net.

A full list of topics and speakers is provided below. 

January 20: The waning of Pax Americana

Dr. Ben Greene

Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Geopolitical allies and challengers alike are paying close attention.

January 27: Russia’s foreign policy

Dr. Neal Jesse

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies, namely along Russia’s historical borderlands. How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the United States respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions?

February 3: US Global Engagement and the Military

Dr. Marc Simon

The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the United States at a turning point with respect to its level of engagement and the role of its military. Some argue for an “America First” paradigm, with a large military to ensure security, while others call for a more assertive posture overseas. How does the military function in today’s international order, and how might it be balanced with diplomatic and foreign assistance capabilities?

February 10: Media and Foreign Policy

Dr. Arpan Yagnik

State and non-state actors today must maneuver a complex and rapidly evolving media landscape. Conventional journalism now competes with user-generated content. Official channels of communication can be circumvented through social media. Foreign policy is tweeted from the White House and “fake news” has entered the zeitgeist. Cyberwarfare, hacking and misinformation pose complex security threats. How are actors using media to pursue and defend their interests in the international arena? What are the implications for U.S. policy?

February 17: South Africa’s Fragile Democracy


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.

February 24: Global Health

Dr. Amilcar Challu

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.

*Note: Dates and topics are subject to change.

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives. 

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.

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