Great Decisions Winter 2018


This is an eight-part discussion series  led by Dr. Craig Brandt,  a retired naval officer and experienced discussion leader.  Dr. Brandt has been a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management.

Discussions take place on Thursdays from 10:30 am-12 pm beginning February 1, 2018 in the Library's Fogelberg Room.  Note: February 22 discussion will take place at Town Hall.


For this session the Great Decisions book of readings will be used.  This book contains background information for each topic and is available to be preordered for $26.  Checks for $26, made out to Craig Brandt, can be dropped off at the library's circulation desk between now and 
January 18th. These books will be available for pickup a few days before February 1st. Books can also be purchased through the Foreign Policy Association website at http://www.fpa.org, but the cost is higher.  The library will have a copy of the book that can be read in the library.

Follow the instructions at the bottom of this page to register.  If you have any questions or need help from a staff member, call Marnie Smith at (781)505-4985.

Great Decisions Topics
Feb. 1 - The waning of Pax Americana?
Feb. 8 - Russia's foreign policy
Feb. 15 - China and America: the new geopolitical equation
Feb. 22 - Media and foreign policy
Mar. 1 - Turkey: a partner in crisis
Mar. 8 - U.S. global engagement and the military
Mar. 15 - South Africa's fragile democracy
Mar. 22 - Global health: progress and challenges

To register for the Great Decisions discussion group, access the Library Calendar from the front page of this website.  Scroll to February 1 and click on the hand.  Fill in the form and save.  Registering for one session registers the participant for all sessions.