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Library to host global discussion series

For the next several weeks, the local library will be a venue for the discussion of topics on a global scale.

Starting Wednesday, professors from the University of North Georgia will lead Great Decisions, a series of eight discussions on global issues at the Cumming Library. Discussions will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 28, except March 14.

“It’s a very important series in that it covers a lot of issues that are very topical, that are very relevant in our world politically and looking at health that are going on in the news right now,” said Tracy Walker, with Forsyth County Public Library. “It’s a wonderful series to help enlighten on some of the issues we’re hearing so much in the news about right now. 

The first two discussions will be led by Dean of UNG”s College of Arts and Letters Christopher Jespersen: “The Waning of Pax Americana?” on Wednesday and “China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation” on Feb. 7. 

On Feb. 14, Dr. Martin Blackwell will lead a discussion on “Russia’s Foreign Policy,” and other meetings will cover global health, South Africa’s Democracy, the media and foreign policy and other topics. 

“I think it’s a series that can appeal to a wide range of people,” Walker said, “anyone from high school students who are in government classes and studying some of these issues right now in the classroom all the way up to seniors who have watched our world change.” 

The Foreign Policy Association published a Great Decisions 2018 Briefing Book that can be purchased online or borrowed from the library. The book is not required to take part in the discussions. 

A Great Decisions 2018 DVD featuring documentaries on the topics is also available online and at the library. 

The Cumming Library is at 585 Dahlonega Street. Admission to the event is free, but advance registration is requested. Registration can be completed online at or by calling 770-781-9840