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Great Decisions 2014

Great Decisions


Join co-facilitators Craig Mosher and Jim Dale for an 8-week reading and discussion series focused on current world affairs. The group will meet on the 2nd floor of Decorah Public Library on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m., March 10-April 28.


The group text will be the Great Decisions briefing book- published annually by the Foreign Policy Association- which highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans today. The book provides background information, current data, and policy options for each issue. Topics for 2014 include defense policy; Israel and the U.S.; Turkey’s Challenges; Islamic awakening; energy independence; food and climate; China’s foreign policy; and U.S. trade policy.

More information about each topic can be found <HERE>.


Anyone interested in participating in the group shoul stop by the front desk of the library to register. Great Decisions briefing books are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $20. 

Co-faciliator Craig Mosher is Associate Professor and Director of the Social Work Program at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He has taught at the University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa. He did his graduate study at Columbia University and the Union Institute and University and holds the MSW and the Ph.D. in psychology. He has also served as director of several human service agencies in eastern Iowa. Craig is active with Luther's sustainability initiatives, the Winneshiek County Community Foundation, Northeast Iowa Funder’s Network, and the Winneshiek Energy District. He spent a year studying in France and Switzerland, has traveled to Gabon and Honduras, and co-leads a student trip to Germany and Norway to study sustainability. He built a small round passive solar house near Decorah - a yurt, actually. He has four children and nine grandchildren.


Co-facilitator Jim Dale is a retired United Methodist Minister, 25 year resident of Decorah and former city councilman. Having had an intense interest in the diversity of cultures and people and therefore international affairs, he and his wife Barb have traveled in Africa, Europe, Central America and China. He is kept current on the world by his two sons, one of whom serves as a diplomat with the US State Department (currently located in Nairobi Kenya where he oversees relations with Somalia). The second is a teacher of English as a second language with a special interest in Asia, especially China (and currently teaching in Taiwan). Jim and Barb have hosted in their home students and visitors from distant places such as Malaysia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ireland, Germany, El Salvador and Texas. Jim says “We live in a shrinking world and if we are to survive we must become global citizens. Setting aside old stereotypes and prejudices, we must all learn to understand the world’s problems and appreciate its beauties.”


Visit the Great Decisions website at or call the library at 382-3717 for more information.