Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, January 14, 2016
1200
Manitowoc County Office Building
Room 300
4319 Expo Dr.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Certified Peer Specialist Program. The Healthiest Manitowoc County Mental Wellness Coalition Advocacy Subcommittee is presenting a program on Certified Peer Specialists which will take place on Thursday, January 14, at noon in room 300 at the Manitowoc County Office Building, 4319 Expo Dr., Manitowoc. Public and private agencies that work with the public and may benefit from using Peer Specialists to provide support for their clients are encouraged to attend this workshop.

Press release

Thursday, January 28, 2016
7 p.m.
Manitowoc City Hall
900 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
"Education in Manitowoc County: We're All in this Together". The League of Women Voters of Manitowoc County is hosting a forum entitled Education in Manitowoc County: We're All in this Together on Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm at Manitowoc City Hall, 900 Quay Street, Manitowoc. Superintendents and District Administrators from Kiel, Manitowoc, Mishicot, Two Rivers and Valders school districts in Manitowoc County will share the successes of their districts, what their districts need to be even more successful, vouchers, how poverty is affecting education, and ways the community can support schools. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions. This event is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast on Comcast cable. For more information about LWV, please visit lwvmanitowoc.org

EVENT POSTER

Monday, February 1, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions - Middle East. Great Decisions - Middle East Join Douglas Savage, World Affairs Institute, as he discusses the Middle East.

From a proxy war in Yemen to an ongoing civil war in Syria, a number of ongoing conflicts have shaken the traditional alliances in the Middle East to their core. As alliances between state and non-state actors in the region are constantly shifting, the U.S. has found itself between a rock and a hard place. In a series of conflicts that are far from being black-and-white, what can the U.S. do to secure its interests in the region without causing further damage and disruption?

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, February 8, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions - The Rise of ISIS. Great Decisions - The Rise of ISIS Join Melvin Johnson, UW Manitowoc/Sheboygan, as he discusses the Rise of ISIS.

Born out of an umbrella organization of Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) burst onto the international stage after it seized Falluja in December 2013. Since then, the group has seized control of a number of critical strongholds in the country and declared itself a caliphate, known as the Islamic State. Still, the question remains: What is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to U.S. interests?

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, February 15, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions - Migration. Great Decisions - Migration Join Alise Coen, UW Manitowoc/Sheboygan, as she discusses Migration.

As a record number of migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea to find refuge in Europe, the continent is struggling to come up with an adequate response. Although Europe's refugees are largely fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and parts of Africa, their struggle is hardly unique. Today, with the number of displaced people at an all-time high, a number of world powers find themselves facing a difficult question: How can they balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolves these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons?

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, February 22, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions - Climate Change. Great Decisions - Climate Change Join Pablo Toral, Beloit College, as he discusses Climate Change.

In the past few years, the American public has become more aware of the damage wrought by climate change. From droughts in the west to extreme weather in the east, a rapidly changing climate has already made its footprint in the United States. Now, it's expected that the presidential election in 2016 will be one of the first ever to place an emphasis on these environmental changes. What can the next president do to stymie this environmental crisis? And is it too late for these efforts to be effective?

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, February 29, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions - The Future of Kurdistan. Great Decisions - The Future of Kurdistan Join Beth Dougherty, Beloit College, as she discusses the Future of Kurdistan.

Kurdistan, a mountainous region made up of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Armenia and Syria, is home to one of the largest ethnic groups in West Asia: the Kurds. Now, most in the West know them for their small, oil-rich autonomous region in northern Iraqi Kurdistan - one of the U.S.' closer allies in the Middle East and a bulwark against the expansion of the so-called Islamic State. What does the success of Iraqi Kurdistan mean for Kurds in the surrounding region?

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 7, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions - The United Nations. Great Decisions - The United Nations Join Mark Berlin, Marquette University, as he discusses The United Nations.

On the eve of the international organization's 70th birthday, the United Nations stands at a crossroads. This year marks a halfway point in the organization's global effort to eradicate poverty, hunger and discrimination, as well as ensure justice and dignity for all peoples. But as the UN's 193 member states look back at the success of the millennium development goals, they also must assess their needs for its sustainable development goals - a new series of benchmarks, which are set to expire in 2030. With the appointment of the ninth secretary-general in the near future as well, the next U.S. president is bound to have quite a lot on his or her place going into office.

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 14, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions - The Koreas. Great Decisions - The Koreas Join John Ohnesorge, UW Madison Law School, as he discusses the Koreas.

At the end of World War II, Korea was divided into two. The northern half of the Korean peninsula was occupied by the Soviet Union, the southern by the United States. Today, North and South Korea couldn't be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. With such a wide gap, some are asking if unification is possible, even desirable, anymore?

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 21, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions - Cuba and the U.S.. Great Decisions - Cuba and the U.S. Join Marty Farrell, Ripon College, as he discusses Cuba and the U.S.

The U.S. announced in December 2014 that, after decades of isolation, it has begun taking major steps to normalize relations with Cuba, its neighbor to the south. The announcement marks a dramatic shift away from a policy that has its roots in one of the darkest moments of the Cold War - the Cuban missile crisis. Although the U.S. trade embargo is unlikely to end any time soon, American and Cuban leaders today are trying to bring a relationship once defined by a crisis in the 1960s into the 21st century.

All sessions begin at 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes will be devoted to the scholars' presentations, followed by questions and discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public.