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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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For over 60 years, Great Decisions* has given an inspiring example of the role citizens can play in discovering, discussing and deciding how to meet some of the world’s greatest challenges.  How can you make sense of it? We invite you to begin with Mankato Area Lifelong Learners’ Great Decisions Discussion Group.

Global challenges have increasingly become domestic challenges with events in the remotest parts of the world affecting our lives in myriad ways. There is more movement across national boundaries than ever before – of people, money information, ideas images and much more.

Great Decisions takes you beyond the headlines by providing a look at eight of the most significant and far-reaching challenges facing the world. Each annual edition provides essential background, relevant facts, present and future policy options and impartial analyses to help you assess the challenges ahead.

  *Great Decisions is a discussion program produced by the Foreign Policy Asociation and has been adopted as a national flagship education program by World Affairs Councils of America.  To learn more about the Foreign Policy Association, please visit



2019 Great Decisions Discussion Group

Great Decisions meets at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, April through November at The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, 224 Lamm Street, Mankato.

Please Note:  Current membership in Mankato Area Lifelong Learners is required to participate in Great Decisions.

 Note:  First meeting rescheduled for Wednesday, May 1,  2 p.m. Children's Museum


  • Refugees and Global Migration
  • The Middle East: Regional Disorder
  • Nuclear Negotiations:  Back to the Future?
  • State of the State Department and Diplomacy
  • The Rise of Populism in Europe
  • Decoding U.S. / China Trade
  • Cyber Conflicts and Goepolitics
  • The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

Fee for Great Decisions:
$  75.00 - Single (Includes Great Decisions briefing book)
$130.00 - Couple (same address) (One briefing book)


 To join Great Decisions, register online (instructions and online link below) or send payment by mail (print the registration form below and follow instructions on form.)  Credit cards are accepted online only.  Both forms of registration include the option of new or renewal membership payments.


 Registration Deadline - February 28, 2019

Online Registration


[PDF] Online Registration Instructions (103 KiB)


[PDF] Great Decisions 2019 Printable Registration Form (217 KiB) 


Contact Mankato Area Lifelong Learners at  507 389-2011 or



Mankato Area Lifelong Learners Annual Membership:
$ 35 annual membership
$140 bundled membership with 4 quarters of unlimited presentations*

Bundled memberships do not include the Great Decisions program.