Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6 pm-7:30 pm
Mead Public Library Rocca Room
710 N. 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI
Book Discussion: Enough is Enough. Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources by Rob Dietz & Dan O'Neill

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Monday, February 4, 2019
6 p.m.
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions: Refugees and Global Migration with Alisa Coen. Manitowoc Public Library Balkansky Community Room ABC

Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today's global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

The Great Decisions Series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Great Decisions 2019 briefing books offer background information for the entire series. They are available at the Manitowoc Public Library Service Desk for $15. A portion of the book is paid for courtesy of the Manitowoc Public Library Foundation. You need not purchase the briefing book to participate in the series.

Event Type(s): Special Event

Age Group(s): All Ages

Tim Gadzinski (920) 686-3039 tgadzinski@manitowoc.org

Thursday, February 7, 2019
6 pm
WI MARITIME MUSEUM
75 Maritime Dr.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Public Presentation on Coal-tar Pavement Sealants. Join your neighbors to learn more about:

  • Human health & environmental harms of toxic coal-tar sealants

  • Actions you & your community can take to protect your health and our water resources

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Monday, February 11, 2019
6 pm
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions: The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested with Pablo Toral. Manitowoc Public Library Balkansky Community Room ABC

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other's politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?

Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

The Great Decisions Series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Great Decisions 2019 briefing books offer background information for the entire series. They are available at the Manitowoc Public Library Service Desk for $15. A portion of the book is paid for courtesy of the Manitowoc Public Library Foundation. You need not purchase the briefing book to participate in the series.

Event Type(s): Special Event

Age Group(s): All Ages

Tim Gadzinski (920) 686-3039 tgadzinski@manitowoc.org

Monday, February 18, 2019
6 pm
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions: The Middle East: Regional Disorder with Beth Dougherty. Manitowoc Public Library Balkansky Community Room ABC

As the presidency of Donald J. Trump passes the halfway point, the Middle East remains a region in turmoil. The Trump administration has aligned itself with strongmen in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which along with Israel have a common goal of frustrating Iranian expansion. What will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear accord and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Does the United States see a path forward in troubled states such as Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq? Is the United States headed toward war with Iran?

Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

The Great Decisions Series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Great Decisions 2019 briefing books offer background information for the entire series. They are available at the Manitowoc Public Library Service Desk for $15. A portion of the book is paid for courtesy of the Manitowoc Public Library Foundation. You need not purchase the briefing book to participate in the series.

Event Type(s): Special Event

Age Group(s): All Ages

Tim Gadzinski (920) 686-3039 tgadzinski@manitowoc.org

Monday, February 25, 2019
6 pm
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions: The Rise of Populism in Europe with Elizabeth Wheat. Manitowoc Public Library Balkansky Community Room ABC

Mass migration, and the problems associated with it, have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. In addition to calling for stronger borders, however, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States.

Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

The Great Decisions Series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Great Decisions 2019 briefing books offer background information for the entire series. They are available at the Manitowoc Public Library Service Desk for $15. A portion of the book is paid for courtesy of the Manitowoc Public Library Foundation. You need not purchase the briefing book to participate in the series.

Event Type(s): Special Event

Age Group(s): All Ages

Tim Gadzinski (920) 686-3039 tgadzinski@manitowoc.org

Monday, March 4, 2019
6 pm
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions: Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future with Andrew Kydd. Manitowoc Public Library Balkansky Community Room ABC

Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with them. The President has met with Vladimir Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021, the first presidential summit ever with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump has decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations? Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future?

Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

The Great Decisions Series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Great Decisions 2019 briefing books offer background information for the entire series. They are available at the Manitowoc Public Library Service Desk for $15. A portion of the book is paid for courtesy of the Manitowoc Public Library Foundation. You need not purchase the briefing book to participate in the series.

Event Type(s): Special Event

Age Group(s): All Ages

Tim Gadzinski (920) 686-3039 tgadzinski@manitowoc.org

Monday, March 11, 2019
6 pm
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions: Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics with Kevin Kelly. Manitowoc Public Library Balkansky Community Room ABC

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

The Great Decisions Series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Great Decisions 2019 briefing books offer background information for the entire series. They are available at the Manitowoc Public Library Service Desk for $15. A portion of the book is paid for courtesy of the Manitowoc Public Library Foundation. You need not purchase the briefing book to participate in the series.

Event Type(s): Special Event

Age Group(s): All Ages

Tim Gadzinski (920) 686-3039 tgadzinski@manitowoc.org

Monday, March 18, 2019
6 pm
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions: Decoding US-China Trade with Martin Farrell. Manitowoc Public Library Balkansky Community Room ABC

Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America's true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China's. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China's unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.

Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

The Great Decisions Series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Great Decisions 2019 briefing books offer background information for the entire series. They are available at the Manitowoc Public Library Service Desk for $15. A portion of the book is paid for courtesy of the Manitowoc Public Library Foundation. You need not purchase the briefing book to participate in the series.

Event Type(s): Special Event

Age Group(s): All Ages

Tim Gadzinski (920) 686-3039 tgadzinski@manitowoc.org

Monday, March 25, 2019
 
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Great Decisions: State of the State Department and Diplomacy with Daniel Stoll. Manitowoc Public Library Balkansky Community Room ABC

During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries?

Great Decisions, a project of the Foreign Policy Association, is a grassroots world affairs education program which brings together Americans from across the nation to discover and discuss foreign policy issues. Over the course of eight weeks, scholars will introduce each issue, and participants may explore their own views and those of the group.

The Great Decisions Series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Great Decisions 2019 briefing books offer background information for the entire series. They are available at the Manitowoc Public Library Service Desk for $15. A portion of the book is paid for courtesy of the Manitowoc Public Library Foundation. You need not purchase the briefing book to participate in the series.

Event Type(s): Special Event

Age Group(s): All Ages

Tim Gadzinski (920) 686-3039 tgadzinski@manitowoc.org