Great Decisions Lecture Series

The Great Decisions Lecture Series is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the documentary film series, and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. The Fredricksen Library partners with WACH to host this annual discussion series. 

2024 Topics Announced

Sign up for our newsletter to receive timely updates on the schedule and additional resources for each topic. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about the world’s most pressing issues.

Upcoming Lectures

04 March 2024
map of the world, background, paper-2401458.jpg

Science Across Borders – Great DecisionsGreat Decisions

Scientific advances benefit from collaboration between researchers, but what happens when material, such as Artificial Intelligence ...

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
View Details
11 March 2024
us & china flags with american currency

US/China Trade Rivalry – Great DecisionsGreat Decisions

China’s economic rise and its current policies of increasing the role of the state in the ...

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
View Details
18 March 2024

Climate Technology & Competition – Great DecisionsGreat Decisions

Will the United States and China, with other powerful countries following suit, approach current and future ...

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
View Details
25 March 2024
indonesian flag ceremony

Understanding Indonesia – Great DecisionsGreat Decisions

Despite its large size, Indonesia remains virtually invisible to most Americans. But as one of the ...

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
View Details
01 April 2024
fishing boat in the high seas

High Seas Treaty – Great DecisionsGreat Decisions

Areas of the seas beyond national jurisdiction comprise the high seas, which are facing a degradation ...

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
View Details
08 April 2024
corona, covid-19, disinfection-5153949.jpg

Pandemic Preparedness – Great DecisionsGreat Decisions

Looking back at the covid-19 pandemic, there are many lessons to take away in terms of ...

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
View Details
No event found!

Missed a session or want to revisit a topic? Check out our archive of past year’s videos and catch up on insightful discussions.