Mondays: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 • 7:30- 9 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Westfield presents the return of Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs courtesy of the Foreign Policy Association.

For four weeks, beginning on Monday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m., attendees will explore a variety of current topics of deep importance both nationally and internationally. During each session participants will view the portion of the companion video centered on the theme for the evening, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn. Further examination and discussion follows with a lens focused on the political, practical, scientific, social and spiritual aspects of these topics, with featured commentary from notable political, academic, and media figures.

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The schedule for the coming weeks is:

Monday, Feb. 3Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments and non-governmental agencies sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

Monday, Feb. 10 Climate Change and the Global Order

Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?

Monday, Feb. 17 • Red Sea Security

The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

Monday, Feb. 24U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle

Combating illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?

Great Decisions will take place in Patton Auditorium at First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street in Westfield, NJ. Each session begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

For information on this series and other FCC programming, please visit www.fccofwestfield.org or call 908-233-2494.