Great Decisions

Great Decisions

The House of Hope Great Decisions Program presents “The Future of Europe” on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the Kirk Parlour.

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum of EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Presenter Thomas C. Wolfe is an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. [He is affiliated faculty with the Department of Anthropology, the Institute for Global Studies and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is a student of 20th century modernity and the uses of the past in contemporary societies.] His interests range from the geographic and cultural aspects of Russia/Soviet Union to the U.S. and ancient civilizations. His current research project involves the history of the European Union. [Of particular importance to his research and teaching is the role of the media in the constitution of knowledge and the formation of disciplines and world views.]

For more information, please contact Bob Mairs, 651-222-3423, or the church office, 651-227-6311.

For more about the Great Decisions program at The House of Hope, check the bulletin boards, ask at the church office, or contact Bob Mairs, or 651-222-3423. Coming up are five more topics critical for U.S. Foreign Policy, five more highly qualified discussion leaders, and five more focused background articles in a Briefing Book—a bargain at $50 a family. World affairs are more complex than ever. You can unravel the major issues with Great Decisions, a dynamic citizen education and discussion program led by experts. Join other church members at future meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month through November, at 4 p.m. in the Kirk Parlour. Great Decisions is sponsored nationally by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and coordinated locally by Global Minnesota (formerly the Minnesota International Center).

Pick up the Briefing Book and schedule in the church office. $50 for in-depth background review and discussion of major U.S. foreign policy issues led by experts in the field. 

The fee covers the book and the speaker honoraria for all programs of the 2017-2018 season. A bargain!! Refreshments are provided. Guests are welcome to attend without fee to see what it's all about. Contact Bob Mairs (651-222-3423) or Paul Solon with questions.

2016 topics
Middle East Alliances
The Rise of ISIS
The Future of Kurdistan
International Migration
Korean Choices
The United Nations-Post 2015
Climate Geopolitics
Cuba and the U.S.