IUPUC Sponsors Eight-Week Public Series on Foreign Affairs with Mill Race Center

January 25, 2013

High school and college students, civic leaders, business executives, teachers, and other local citizens with interests in political science can register for an eight-week series exploring global affairs and foreign policies beginning February 6.


Sponsored by Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) and the Mill Race Center in Columbus, the public forum is part of the Foreign Policy Association’s national “Great Decisions” program.


Each year, the private, non-partisan association selects topics that reflect current global events and publishes related discussion materials. Attendees then engage in weekly forums, led by informed speakers on current international issues, based on the topic and materials.


Dr. Ryan Neville-Shephard, assistant professor of communication studies at IUPUC, says the program promotes citizen awareness and discussion about timely foreign policy issues.


“Great Decisions is the oldest and largest grassroots educational program on world affairs of its kind in the U.S. It educates citizens on issues of vital importance related to American foreign policy. By providing participants with the knowledge to make informed decisions, it enables Americans of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the national dialogue about foreign policy,” he said.


The dates, topics, and locations for the sessions, which will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m., include:

  • February 6: Humanitarian Intervention | Mill Race Center
  • February 13: China in Africa | Columbus Learning Center, Summerville Room
  • February 20: Threat Assessment | Mill Race Center
  • February 27: Myanmar and Southeast Asia | Columbus Learning Center, Summerville Rm.
  • March 6: Iran | Mill Race Center
  • March 13: Nato | Columbus Learning Center, Summerville Room
  • March 27: Egypt | Mill Race Center
  • April 3: Future of the Euro | Columbus Learning Center, Summerville Room

Cost for the series, including the book, for members of the Mill Race Center is $20. Cost for non-members is $26. The series is free to IUPUC students.


To register, contact Bob Pitman at the Mill Race Center by phone at 812.376.9241 or e-mail director@millracecenter.org.


For information, visit www.iupuc.edu or contact Professor Ryan Neville-Shepard at 812.348.7235 or nevshep@iupuc.edu.


The Mill Race Center is located in Mill Race Park at 900 Lindsey Street in Columbus. The Columbus Learning Center is located at 4555 Central Avenue in Columbus. Parking is free.