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2019 Great Decisions: Home

About the Great Decisions Program

Great Decisions 2019

Thursdays, 5:45pm 

Great Decisions Topics 2019

is America's largest discussion program on world affairs created by the 

Foreign Policy Association

Our library's program model, sponsored by Mammen Family Foundation

includes watching the DVD and hearing a speaker relating to the subject

prior to questions and discussion.  

A light meal will be provided by the Friends of the Library.  

Briefing books are available for $20 at the library, while supplies last. 

The Great Decisions program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.  The tabs at the top of the page are the topics that will be discussed in 2019. 

The Mammen Family Public Library will host discussions on those topics on the upcoming dates:

Fall Events:

  • August 22 - Nuclear negotiations: Back to the future? - Speaker: Dr. Ritu Mathur, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Geography at UTSA

  • August 29 - Decoding U.S.-China trade - Speaker: Frank Schaddelee, Retired Air Force, Private security consultant, and Deputy Security Director.

  • September 5 - Cyber conflicts and geopolitics - Speaker: Mike Tapscott, HR Generalist at SRC Inc, a not-for-profit company specializing in cyber security for our nation's defense and environment.

  • September 12 - Middle East: regional disorder - Speaker: Dr. Jason Brownlee, Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin


  • September 19 - The United States and Mexico: partnership tested - Speaker: Anne E. Ohlrich, JD, of The Ohlrich Law Firm, PLLC. in San Antonio, which provides assistance with legal immigration issues from family based petitions to corporate concerns such as investors, professional employees, I-9 compliance and E-Verify. 


  • September 26 - State of the State Department and diplomacy - Speaker: Ambassador James F. Creagan, Professor of International Diplomacy, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. He has served under nine U.S. presidents, starting with President Kennedy.


Past Spring Events:

  • April 18 - Refugees and global migration - Speaker: Bruce. Carlson, Retired General, Air Force Material Command, 8th Air Force Command

  • April 25 - The rise of populism in Europe  - Speaker: Dr. Boyka Stefanova, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science & Geography at University of Texas at San Antonio