GREAT DECISIONS Foreign Policy Program

posted Feb 11, 2015, 3:11 PM by BHML Librarian

After a very successful 2014 launch, the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Bass Harbor Memorial Library have scheduled “Great Decisions 2015” to begin on Monday February 2. Eight sessions are scheduled, beginning at the Southwest Harbor Public Library and alternating between library locations. Each session, covering a different topic, will be discussed by the program participants. Participants will receive study guides for each session and a video presentation will precede each discussion. “Collaboration and cooperation are critical values for libraries now and in the future, especially as closely associated as our two libraries are.” said Spencer Ervin, Chair of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. “Our libraries have cooperated very successfully in a number of important programs including Children’s Summer Story Camp and Women’s History Month.” said Charles Stanhope, Chair of the Southwest Harbor Public Library, “This continues that tradition.”

The programs for the 2015 session are: Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century and Brazil in Metamorphosis. “The 2014 program engaged a group with a wide variety of experiences and viewpoints.” said Mike Hays, the Great Decisions Program Coordinator, “A great mixture of ages and backgrounds helped inform lively and thought provoking observations. I think this year’s program will be even better.”

The program is free to all but pre-registration is required to ensure that participants have their study guides. Participants may register or get more information in person at the Southwest Harbor Public Library or the Bass Harbor Memorial Library, by calling the libraries at 244-7065 or 244-3792 or by sending email to: