Crimea and Ukraine
Tuesday, July 15, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Tom Hanson returns for an analysis of the recent
Russian military maneuvers in Crimea, including
current diplomacy & impacts on world alliances. Mr.
Hanson, a retired member of the Foreign Service, has
presented insightful analysis on U.S. foreign policy
priorities for Great Decisions for many years.
*An Afternoon with the Sutter Brothers:
Poetry, Music, Songs and Stories
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Barton & Ross Sutter have established individual
reputations as a musician & a writer. The author of
seven books, Bart has served as the Duluth’s first Poet
Laureate & written for public radio. Ross, known for
his baritone voice & mastery of an array of
instruments, has appeared on A Prairie Home
Companion. "What Ross & Bart do in performance is
gradually fill the room with brotherly love."(J.
*Western American Literature Series
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
The fifth in this series, The Monkey Wrench Gang is
Edward Abbey’s most famous fiction. Four main
characters, all ecologically minded misfits, attempt to
sabotage environmentally damaging activities in the
Southwest. Jack Hickerson, PhD, Literature Professor
Emeritus, Southwest State, will lead discussion of this
entertaining book. A brief film on Abbey will be
Great Decisions: Session 6-Food and Climate
Monday, Sept. 15, 11 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
Western Political Philosophy: Year 10
Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-24, at Ruttger’s Bay Lake
Merritt Marquardt marks his 10th year of facilitating
this fall conference at Ruttgers. In this, the centennial
year of WWI, the focus will be on the conflict, its
aftermath resulting in the Great Depression & the role
of the Progressive movement that continues to
influence political events, perhaps even the upcoming
midterm elections. Some required reading and a fee
for lodging and food. To register, contact Margaret
Let’s Talk Turkey
Tuesday, Oct 14, 1:30-3:30 P.M
That’s WILD turkeys…Dan Zimmerman, local
representative of the National Wild Turkey
Federation, will share little known facts about the
habitat, biology & unique behaviors of these wild
Great Decisions: Session 7-China’s Foreign
Monday, Oct. 20, 11 A.M-1: 30 P.M.
Night of Fine Dining
Friday, Oct. 24, 6:00 P.M., at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort
Join the biggest social event of the year with friends
old & new. Ruttgers executive chef, Terry Dox, will
demonstrate the preparation of the exquisite meal
followed by a gourmet dining experience for all.
Reservations by Oct. 20: members $40, non-members
$45. Call Kristy or Paul 218-546-5036.
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.
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Date: Tuesday, July 8
Title: Minnesota Painter Captures The Story Of The Voyageurs,
View Local History through his Paintings
Place: Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Presenter: Robert Hughes Perrizo
Program: Come to this rare opportunity to hear acclaimed artist and narrator Robert H. Perrizo portray the story of the French Voyageurs and explorers in the 17th and 18th century who came to Canada and what was to become Minnesota, to conduct trade with the Cree, Huron, Ojibwe, Pottawatomie and other indigenous peoples.
Perrizo found the Voyageurs were interesting to him as a colorful people, transporting themselves by canoe, surviving as risk takers in new territory while displaying an appetite for fun and song. They were also the first Europeans to develop trade with Native peoples in Canada and the upper Midwest.
Perrizo also found a personal connection through ancestral research. His French forefather, Jean de Parisot, (named after a village in the French Pyrenees) had come early to rural Canada. Descendants of Jean de Parisot moved to Clontarf, MN, where Robert Perrizo was born and raised.
July 15, 2014 -- Tom Hanson’s, Crimea, Ukraine and Syria
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