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NGCSU lecture series begins
Sessions held at Cumming library
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Forsyth County News


This year’s Great Decisions lecture series is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights at the Cumming library branch, 585 Dahlonega Road.

Topics include:

• Thursday: Middle Eastern realignment with Victoria Hightower, assistant professor of history

• Feb. 2: Cyber security with Bryson Payne, professor of computer science and North Georgia’s chief information officer

• Feb. 9: Promoting democracy with Jonathan Miner, assistant professor of political science

• Feb. 16: Exit from Afghanistan and Iraq with Chris Jespersen, dean of the arts and letters school

• Feb. 23: Indonesia with J.T. Kwon, assistant professor of political science

• March 1: Mexico with Tamara Spike, associate professor of history

• March 8: State of the oceans with Nancy Dalman, chair of the biology department

• March 15: Energy geopolitics with Anna Rulska, assistant professor of political science

Beginning Thursday night, residents are invited to take part in a popular international lecture series.

Great Decisions, an annual public educational program, will be presented by North Georgia College & State University for eight weeks.

The lectures will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through March 15 at the Cumming library branch.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

The series features university professors leading lectures and community discussions on various topics set by the Foreign Policy Association, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world.

This year’s topics range from Middle Eastern realignment to energy geopolitics and cyber security.

In addition to Cumming, the lectures are also being held on Mondays at the civic center in Gainesville.

All lecture topics are also featured in an accompanying booklet, produced by the Foreign Policy Association.

The booklets can be purchased at any of the lectures, but are not required for participation.

The topics are also featured in the Great Decisions TV series, airing nationally on PBS. For more information, go online at