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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


2017 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.  Any exceptions to this schedule are noted below.

Please Note:  You must be a current member of Mankato Area Lifelong Learners to participate in Great Decisions.


  • The Future of Europe
  • Trade and Politics
  • Conflict in the South China Sea
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  • Latin America's Political Pendulum
  • Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Nuclear Security

Fee for Great Decisions:
$60.00 - Single (Includes Great Decisions Essay Book)
$40.00 - Second member of a couple (This does not include a second book).

Members of Mankato Area Lifelong Learners, non-members, and guests may sample one Great Decisions meeting.  Member fee for a sample meeting is $5.  Non-member or guest fee is $10

 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 membership renewal or new membership payments.


 Registration Deadline - January 31, 2017
Online Registration Closed.
Please contact the office for more information.

[PDF] Online Registration Instructions (103 KiB)


[PDF] Great Decisions 17 Printable Registration Form (200 KiB)  FULL - Registration Closed.


Contact Mankato Area Lifelong Learners at  507 389-2011 or



Mankato Area Lifelong Learners Annual Membership:
$25 for a single member
$45 for a couple

Bundled memberships are available if you are interested in presentations, but do not include Great Decisions.