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J*EW COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C. ARTHUR INFORMATION FOR RELEASE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 1967 A series of study and discussion programs of major foreign policy issues will be held at New College beginning February 6 and will be open to the public for enrollment. The program, called "Great Decisions--1967," Hill be held Monday nights each week for eight sessions under of Dr. Rollin B. Posey, head of the Division of Social Sciences and professor of political science. Enrollment of the initial group will be limited to 20 persons, prob-ably including 10 students and 10 persons from the community. Additional groups will be formed, said Dr. Posey, if there is sufficient interest. The "Great Decisions" is an annual program among citizens meeting in-formally in small groups in over 1,000 cities, towns and rural communities across the United States to consider eight foreign policy issues of critical irnportance to the nation. The only material or background required for the course is the "Great Decision" booklet, which is structured to make discussion easy and informative. Each booklet takes up the eight foreign policy topics, lists pertinent reading, gives discussion questions, and offers tips to discussion leaders and partici-pants. -more-
"Great Decisions--1967" -Page 2 This year the topics include U. S. relations to Communist China, India and Pakistan, Vietnam, Yugoslavia and Rumania, and discusses the spread of nuclear \-reapons, the Chilean situation, the NATO crisis, and the \-rar on hunger. Dr. Posey emphasized that "Great Decisions" is not a class but a discussion group which he will serve only as a chairman. The program is offered for the 13th successive year by the Foreign Policy Association. Only cost to participants will be $5.00 to cover the cost of the books which serve as discussion and study guides. All sessions will be held at 7:30p.m. Mondays beginning February 6 in the South Room of College Hall on the New College campus. Anyone wishing to sign up should contact Dr. Posey at Net-r College by telephone or letter. Beginning Friday, February 10, educational television station lfEDU t-7ill begin to offer a series of special programs which t-rill deal with the same topics discussed in the "Great Decisions" programs. The Foreign Policy Association, which sponsors the program nationally, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose goal is to develop, through education, an informed, thoughtful, and articulate public opinion on major issues of foreign policy. -30-
W: o sponsors GREAT DECISIONS 1 For the thirteenth successive year, "Great Decisions" will be offered nationally by the Foreign Policy Asso ciation, and locally by hundreds of community organi zations and institutions which have often shown an interest and willingness to sponsor or cooperate in "Great Decisions." Local chap t ers or organizations of: American Association of University Women-Labor Unions League of Women Voters -Junior Chamber of Commerce Councils of Churches -United Church Women -YMCA -YWCAKiwanis International -National Congress of Parent Teacher Associations -United Nations Association of the U.S.A. Rotary International Federated Women's Clubs Farmers' Organizations-Great Books Program-Civitan Clubs. Local institutions and organ i zations such as: Adult Education Councils Churches and Synagogues -Professional and Service Organizations University Extension Services -Public Libraries World Affairs Councils Jewish Community Centers County Extension Services Public Schools' Adult Education Agencies International Houses Political Clubs -Alumni Associations Corpora tions and Business Organizations which sponsor or encourage "Great Decisions" groups among their employees Senior Citizen groups-Homeowners Associations. What Is the Foreign Polley Association 1 FPA is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, whose goal is to develop, through education, an in formed, thoughtful and articulate public opinion on major issues of foreign policy. FPA works to bring the arguments for and against various policies out in the open. It works to have these arguments examined in the light of relevant facts. It does so in the belief that broad and informed public discussion of the major issues facing U.S. foreign pol icy will develop a wiser and more invigorating public influence on national decisions. FPA serves the American people in cooperation with their own organizations and in their own communities. It takes no stand on partisan political issues and pro vides nonpartisan background materials to help any interested citizen learn the facts and make up his own mind on important alternatives. The efforts of FPA have been praised by many dis tinguished American statesmen, churchmen, civic lead ers, educators, and leaders in business, labor and the professions. GREAT DECISIONS 1967 a study and discussion program of major fore ign policy issues for YOUR ORGANIZATION FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION
What Is GREAT DECISIONS 1 "Great Decisions i s an annual discussion program among citizens meeting informally in small groups in over 1,000 cities towns and rural communities across the U S., to consider eight fore i gn policy issues of critical i mportance to the United States. Anyone can take part in "Great Decisions," any place at any convenient t i me There is nothing to "join," no dues to pay The core of "Great Decisions" is the gather i ng together of interested persons, once a week for eight weeks to discuss and make up their own minds about crucial foreign policy problems. What does GREAT DECISIONS offer Program Planners? "Great Decisions" offers a timetested (this is its 13th year) nonpartisan, low-cost, easy to-administer foreign policy program for your organization Special coverage of each "Great Decisions" topic by newspapers, radio and television, both nationally and on the community level, provides a strong supplement to the program. Again this year United Press International will offer newspapers a weekly wire service article on "Great Decisions topics; National Educational Television wiil produce and distribute a series of eight programs based on Great Decisions" to educational TV stations throughout the country; and the Mutual Radio Network will offer its more than 500 stations a series of eight weekly radio programs on "Great Decisions" topics, produced by Wayne State University. What materials are required? The only material required is the "Great Decisions booklet, structured to make discussion easy and in formative. Each booklet contains an introduction, eight concise, well balanced sections one on each of the foreign pol i cy topics-as well as reading lists, dis cussion questions, and tips for discussion leaders and participants. Each person in a "Great Decisions" group reviews the discussion material for the topic before the group meets Each booklet also includes eight Opinion Ballots, in tended to offer "Great Decisions" participants one way to make their views known to their representatives and to the State Department. How can an Organization use GREAT DECISIONS? You can use "Great Decisions" within your organization to involve members in world affairs study and discus sion Here are some ways: You can make it a part of your regular program for eight meetings-or fewer if you wish, since you may adapt the program to suit your needs You can divide your membership into study groups of ten to twelve people and have each group re port its findings to the entire membership. You can select "Great Decisions" chairmen to or ganize members and friends into informal discus sion groups meeting outside your organization Or you can use "Great Decis ions" as a community project to bring people of your community into effec tive participation in the national foreign policy debate You can recruit volunteers who will organize dis cussion groups with their friends and neighbors. You can publicize the "Great Decisions" program and try to interest local radio and TV stati ons i n producing local series on the eight topics You can handle the ordering of "Great Deci sions 1967" booklets and provide ass i stance to members of the community who wish to form their own groups How can you make your opinion count 1 In either one of the above approaches, the Opinion Ballot is one way of communicating views to your Senators, Congressmen and the State Department. Individuals participating in "Great Decisions" submit their ballots to the person in their organization or community who is responsible for tabulating the ballots. This person forwards a summary to the com munity's Congressmen and to the State Department. Another and more direct way is an Issues Confer ence-a face-to-face meeting of "Great Decisions" participants with your U.S. Representative and one or both of your U .S. Senators following your eight-week discussion program. For a copy of the "Opinion Ballot Guide" and the guide on "How to Plan an Issues Conference," contact your FPA regional office Topics and suggested discussion sc GREAT DECISIONS ... 1967 Topic 1. COMMUNIST CHINA AND THE U.S. FEB. Are We on a Collision Course? 2. INDIA AND PAKISTAN FEB. 12 What Hope for Stability on the Subcontinent? 3. VIETNAM FEB. 19 What Price Peace? 4. YUGOSLAVIA AND RUMANIA FEB. 26 Wh1ther National Communism? 5. THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS Can It Be Stopped? 6. NEW DEAL IN CHILE Will 'Revolution in Liberty' Succeed? 7. NATO IN CRISIS Will the Atlantic Alliance Survive? 8. THE WAR ON HUNGER How Can It Be Won? MAR. 5 MAR. 12 MAR.l9 MAR. 26 The national program begins February 5th. You may wish to coordinate your "Great Decisions" program with the national program because of press, radio and TV emphasis given at this time. However, the "Great Decisions" booklet can be used at any time during the year and you may prefer to establish a different time schedule that will better suit your needs. To order GREAT DECISIONS ... 1967 Fill out and mail this coupon, with check or money order. "Great Decisions 1967" will be available in most communities January 2, 1967. ------------------------To: Foreign Policy Association 614 Candler Building Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Please send ........ ... ....... .. .. "Great Decisions .. 1967" (quantity} booklets at $2.50 each. Enclosed find $ ... ..... ... ....... 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