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The Great Decisions Program

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The Great Decisions Program is designed by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) to provide guidelines for starting, leading, and promoting Great Decisions discussion groups in communities across the United States. Since 1918, the FPA has been devoted to inspiring learning around the world. Published annually, the Great Decisions Briefing Book highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans. Today, Great Decisions provides background information, current data, and policy options for each of the eight issues and serves as the focal text for discussion groups.

The VCWA will be hosting a Great Decisions Program to open a dialogue about the most serious foreign affairs issues to Vermont and its people. Every other week leading local, national or international experts will be hosting a discussion based class on each Great Decisions topic.

Program Structure
The Vermont Council on World Affairs Great Decisions Program is a 16-week course which brings the most serious of foreign affairs issues to Vermont and its people. Every other week participants will meet with a leading expert to learn about and have an in depth discussion about the most serious foreign affairs issues we face. The VCWA will accept 10 program participants.

Meeting biweekly on Thursdays, participants will have the opportunity to explore world affairs right from Burlington. Each meeting, participants will have an hour long discussion guided by a local, national, or international expert. Discussions will be held from 12:00 – 1:30 pm at 60 Main Street, Burlington. Free parking is available off of S. Champlain Street in a parking lot adjacent to 60 Main Street.

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Registration Information


Register by July 1, 2019
  • Non-Member: $280
  • Individual Member: $225
  • Sustaining Member: $150


Pricing After July 2, 2019
  • Non-Member: $300
  • Individual Member: $255
  • Sustaining Member: $175

Once registered, participants will be mailed their Great Decisions Book and the VCWA Great Decisions Guide via mail on a rolling basis.

Registration for the VCWA 2019 Great Decisions Program includes:

  1. One FPA 2019 Great Decisions Book
  2. Access to high level speakers and professionals
  3. Eight sessions moderated by local or national experts
  4. Complimentary lunch provided by the VCWA

Participants will be expected to come to each session having read the appropriate Great Decisions chapter along with any supplements or articles. Participants are also expected to engage in conversation each day, ask questions, and be respectful to the group. Participants must arrive no later than 12:00PM for each meeting.