Great Decisions

(Open to the Public by Reservation)

The Covington-Mandeville branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is again sponsoring the Great Decisions program, an offering of the Foreign Policy Association, as a community outreach.  Great Decisions, the centerpiece of the longest-running civic education program in the United States devoted to foreign affairs, empowers readers to discuss global issues shaping U.S. foreign policy and the world.

Published annually by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions briefing book features impartial, thought-provoking analyses on eight issues of concern to U.S. policymakers today.  The briefing book provides historical background, current U.S. policy and alternative policy options, informative maps and detailed graphs, suggested readings and resources, as well as opinion ballots for each topic.  Opinion ballots are tabulated and the results are presented in the National Opinion Ballot Report, a representative survey of readers’ views on the eight Great Decisions topics. This report is made available to members of Congress, the White House, the media, and concerned citizens.

Charlene Sanders with members holding years of Great Decisions books

The Covington-Mandeville branch has the longest running association, as a branch of AAUW, with Great Decisions in the nation, having offered this program as a community outreach since 1973.   We offer two sessions of the discussions; both are open to the public.

The afternoon group meets in the fellowship hall at the First Presbyterian Church in Madisonville beginning at 1:00 PM.  The evening session is held in a meeting room at St Tammany Hospital in Mandeville (to be announced) beginning at 7:00 PM.  Both sessions will begin on Mondays in early February, for eight consecutive Mondays (with the exception of holiday closures).

The cost to participate is about $22 (call to ask the current price) which covers the cost of the briefing book.  Anyone who is interested in participating should contact Minta Dietrich at 626-9730 or Eileen deHaro at 624-9553; please specify whether you are interested in attending the afternoon or the evening session.

Briefing book pre-orders are taken every October. There are limited additional books available at a discounted price.

For a listing of current discussion topics, please check the Foreign Policy Association web site.