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November

Minnesota’s Lost Towns
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1:30-3:30 P.M

Rhonda Fochs, a retired teacher, has spent years researching significant historical towns that for a host of reasons no longer exist. She will share her journey into history & show slides to accompany her recently published book, “Minnesota’s Lost Towns.”

How Technology, Politics and Terrorism are Changing Privacy In our World
Tuesday, Nov.18, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
As the Internet & sophisticated technology enable government, institutions, retail & fraudulent entities here & abroad to collect even more of your personal data, privacy issues are becoming increasingly
important. Andrew Hook, PhD, Finance, will discuss key issues & problems that the average citizen should be aware of.

Great Decisions: Session 8 - U.S. Trade Policy
Monday, Nov. 17, 11A.M.-1:30 P.M.

January

African Safari Adventure
Tuesday, January 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Enjoy an armchair safari in Kenya and Tanzania as Barb Schoon shares photos and talks about African wildlife and the fascinating culture of the Massai people.
    Barb Schoon, photographer and world traveler with her husband, Herb

The State of U.S. Foreign Policy: Perspectives
Monday, January 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
Tom Hanson returns to inaugurate the beginning of the 2015 Great Decisions season with his insightful analysis of  U.S. diplomatic issues. This event is free. Bring a neighbor!
    Tom Hanson, Consultant, Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer

February

Stories Battlefields Tell
Tuesday, February 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Dr. Jon van der Hagen will share his passion for military history through pictures and narrative about his tour of European and U.S. battlefields and memorials, weaving in  lessons of history acquired while traveling.
    Jon van der Hagen, MD, and a docent at the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley 

Great Decisions: Session 1—Russia and the Near Abroad
Monday, February 16, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

March

Curiosity about a World-Changer
Tuesday, March 10, 1:30-3:30
Since its inception in 1999, Hunt Utilities Group has developed systems & building techniques that allow houses to heat and cool themselves, lessening the overall burden of fossil fuels on the environment and the pocketbook. Learn about alternative ways to construct cost-efficient homes.
    Ryan Hunt, Research & Development Manager, Hunt Utilities Group
PROGRAMS 

Great Decisions: Session 2—Privacy in the Digital Age
Monday, March 16, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

April

What Tocqueville Foretold: a Despotic Democracy
Tuesday, April 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Americans of all political persuasions seem to sense that the country is at a crossroads: Either we’ll permanently lock ourselves into a future as a European-style social democracy, or we’ll dramatically turn away from that course. Which way will America turn? Let’s consider some words of wisdom—and warning—from the Frenchman who last visited the United States in the 1830s.
    Chuck Chalberg, teacher of American history at Normandale Community College in Bloomington and a senior fellow at Center of the American Experiment

Great Decisions: Session 3—Sectarianism in the Middle East
Monday, April 20, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

May

Elderquest  
Thursday, April 30, Fridays, May 8, 15, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Enjoy films featuring mature adults with their challenges and successes. Come view and discuss thought provoking themes and techniques. This popular course fills up fast.  Registration/fee required. Bring or buy lunch.
    Robert Yahnke, PhD, Film Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota

Estate Planning Requirements & Avoiding the Scams
Tuesday, May 12, 1:30-3:30
With ever changing tax and estate issues it is critical that parents and their adult children start the dialogue that will help prevent the unnecessary time and expense of probate and the minefield of potential conflicts associated with not having an estate plan. Chris and Brian will address estate planning as well as the complex scams being directed at aging adults.
    Chris Anderson, President & Registered Rep., North Oaks Financial Services
    Brian T. Carlson, Founder & General Manager, Generations Law Offices, Crosslake, MN

Great Decisions: Session 4—India Changes Course
Monday, May 18, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

June

At the Center of Life: Women and Education on the Iron Range
Tuesday, June 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Women played a pivotal role in developing the Iron Range, in emphasizing the importance of education, in supporting their husbands and sons as they struck their workplaces in a vain attempt to win economic justice, and in creating the rich cultural life that all Iron Rangers treasure. Pam Brunfelt returns to UL to share her extensive knowledge of our area’s past.
Pamela Brunfelt, Iron Ranger, historian, and teacher of history and political science at Vermillion Community College in Ely

Great Decisions: Session 5U.S. Policy Toward Africa
Monday, June 15, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  

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