Library Closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day

Please be aware the library will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 28. Thank you!

Great Decisions

We will have a limited amount of briefing books available for purchase ($15 - cash or check only) or for checkout. If you wish to purchase a briefing book, visit the Service Desk.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Great Decisions 2025

6:00pm - 7:45pm
Adults
Program Location: Manitowoc Public Library
Room: Balkansky Community Room ABC
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Lecture/Speaker

Lecture/Speaker

Learn from experts about a variety of topics that hit close to home and span the globe.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals requesting accommodation for disabilities should contact the Library's ADA Manager Stacey Bialek at 920-686-3008 or sbialek@manitowoc.org. Reasonable accommodations will be made as quickly as possible, often within a week.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Great Decisions 2025

6:00pm - 7:45pm
Adults
Program Location: Manitowoc Public Library
Room: Balkansky Community Room ABC
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Lecture/Speaker

Lecture/Speaker

Learn from experts about a variety of topics that hit close to home and span the globe.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals requesting accommodation for disabilities should contact the Library's ADA Manager Stacey Bialek at 920-686-3008 or sbialek@manitowoc.org. Reasonable accommodations will be made as quickly as possible, often within a week.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Great Decisions 2025

6:00pm - 7:45pm
Adults
Program Location: Manitowoc Public Library
Room: Balkansky Community Room ABC
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Lecture/Speaker

Lecture/Speaker

Learn from experts about a variety of topics that hit close to home and span the globe.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals requesting accommodation for disabilities should contact the Library's ADA Manager Stacey Bialek at 920-686-3008 or sbialek@manitowoc.org. Reasonable accommodations will be made as quickly as possible, often within a week.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Great Decisions 2025

6:00pm - 7:45pm
Adults
Program Location: Manitowoc Public Library
Room: Balkansky Community Room ABC
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Lecture/Speaker

Lecture/Speaker

Learn from experts about a variety of topics that hit close to home and span the globe.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals requesting accommodation for disabilities should contact the Library's ADA Manager Stacey Bialek at 920-686-3008 or sbialek@manitowoc.org. Reasonable accommodations will be made as quickly as possible, often within a week.

Series Times & Location

February 5 - March 25, 2024, Mondays, 6-8PM

Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library

Interested in Past Discussions?

 

Visit our Facebook Page below to watch past discussions from the 2023 series.

Great Decisions Facebook 2023 Playlist

About the Program

Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

PLEASE NOTE: Great Decisions 2024 will be presented in a hybrid format—offered in-person in MPL’s Balkansky Community Room, as well as livestreamed simultaneously online on both our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/manitowoclibrary) and YouTube channel (unless otherwise indicated).

Manitowoc Public Library Facebook Page

This program is made possible with great sponsors like:

 

- League of Women Voters of Manitowoc County
- Manitowoc Public Library Foundation
- Manitowoc Public Library
- Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

And participants like you!

2024 Speakers & Topics

Upcoming Events:



February 5: Climate Technology
Speaker: Pablo Toral, PhD, Beloit College
Topic: Will powerful countries approach climate initiatives with increased trade protectionism or international accord to combat climate change?

February 12: Middle East Alignment (Part 1)
Speaker: Alise Coen, PhD, UW-Green Bay (ONLINE ONLY)
Topic: Can the U.S. continue defending its interests in the Middle East with reduced involvement, or should it reassume a leading role?

February 19: Middle East Alignment (Part 2)
Speaker: Beth Dougherty, PhD, Beloit College
Topic: Examining U.S. interests in the Middle East: reduced involvement or a return to a leading role?

February 26: Science and AI
Speaker: Matthew Friedel, PhD, UW-Milwaukee
Topic: Balancing controversial technologies like AI for national security: sharing information vs. denying access.

March 4: NATO's Future
Speaker: Martin Farrell, PhD, Ripon College (Retired)
Topic: NATO's role post-Russian invasion of Ukraine: expansion for protection or provocation?

March 11: US-China Trade Rivalry
Speaker: David Fields, PhD, UW-Madison
Topic: Examining strategies to counter Chinese economic policies and its effect on U.S. technology and investment.

March 18: Understanding Indonesia
Speaker: Eunsook Jung, PhD, UW-Madison (ONLINE ONLY)
Topic: Analyzing U.S.-Indonesian relations and Indonesia's role in global dynamics.

March 25: High Seas Treaty
Speaker: Elizabeth Wheat, PhD, UW-Green Bay
Topic: Addressing degradation of high seas ecosystems: Will nations commit to the High Seas Treaty?