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Great Decisions: USC Foreign Policy Experts

Thursdays, January 15 and 29, February 19* and 26, March 12 and 26, April 9 and 23, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (8 sessions)


  • This class is now full.

*Please note the previously listed date of February 12 has been revised to February 19.


Become an informed citizen! In this stimulating discussion group, offered in collaboration with the University of Southern California Emeriti College, active and retired USC faculty lead conversations and provide expert analysis on current events.

Topics this winter include:

  • Russia and the Near Abroad
  • Privacy in the Digital Age
  • Sectarianism in the Middle East
  • India Changes Course
  • U.S. Policy Toward Africa
  • Syria’s Refugee Crisis
  • Human Trafficking
  • Brazil in Metamorphosis

Affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to debate important international issues.

Presenters include director of USC’s Annenberg Program on Online Communities Karen Kovacs North; USC law lecturer Josh Lockman; professor emeritus of international relations Vasisht K. Malhotra; director of USC School of International Relations Robert English; clinical professor of law Heidi Rummel; and Latin American policy expert Abraham F. Lowenthal.

Moderator: Adele Lander Burke, Vice President, Learning for Life, Skirball Cultural Center, has a BA in political science from Washington University, St. Louis, and an MA in education from Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. Burke has been facilitating current events discussion groups for several years.

Required text: Great Decisions 2015. Please bring a check for $20 payable to the Skirball Cultural Center to the first class session.

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