SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Free Public Library is launching two programs that are geared for those who are interested in exploring world affairs or learning more about some of the most critical issues facing America.

Great Decisions Discussion Group

Great Decisions, a program established by the Foreign Policy Association, launches on Wednesday, March 20, from 12 - 2 p.m., with a discussion focused on 'Refugees and Global Migration'. The moderated session will engage questions such as: who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant?; how have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration?; and how effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

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Each session involves reading the relevant section of the Great Decisions Briefing Book in advance, then meeting at the library to watch a half-hour documentary, followed by a moderated discussion. The events are free, although space is limited and it is recommended attendees purchase a Great Decisions Briefing Book, which can be purchased at the library at the discounted price of $24. There is also a desk copy for in-library use available at the reference desk.

Subsequent month’s topics will cover: 'The Middle East: Regional Disorder', 'Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?', 'The Rise of Populism in Europe', 'Decoding U.S.-China Trade', 'The U.S. & Mexico: Partnership Tested', and 'State of the State Department'.  Each Great Decisions topic will be discussed once per month running from March-December. Note that there will be no group meetings in July and August. Interested participants can sign up for each monthly topic that suits their interest.

The Great Decisions discussion series in funded by the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library.

Explore Your World

The 'Explore Your World: Minicourses for Adults' program continues in March with 'The American Ambassador: Mark Twain (And the American Vandal) Abroad'. The initial class meets on March 22, from 2 - 4 p.m., and runs for eight Fridays. Instructor Robert Comeau returns with a illuminating look at how Mark Twain’s wanderlust, from his youth onward, and his well-chronicled travels to virtually every part of the globe. Comeau explores how Twain’s travels would influence his writing throughout his life. Readings will include: The Innocents Abroad, A Tramp Abroad, and Following the Equator. Registration is required and seating is limited.  

The 'Explore Your World: Minicourses for Adults' program is made possible through a grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation.

To register for either of these programs, call the Summit Free Public Library at 908-273-0350, option 3, or visit the Event Calendar tab on the library’s website at summitlibrary.com.