Five talks scheduled for annual Great Decisions lectures

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Friday, January 19, 2024

The Great Decisions lecture series, a national program of the Foreign Policy Association, gives citizens the opportunity to meet, discuss and learn about some of the issues facing the world. 

Five lectures will be held in a hybrid format between Jan. 31 and Feb. 28; the talks will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The in-person lectures will be held at The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City, Room 201.

Pandemic Preparation - Wednesday, Jan. 31
Daniel Janies, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics and co-director of the Computational Intelligence to Predict Health and Environmental Risks, will discuss the biology of  how pathogens spread and the progress toward making pandemic response more predictive.

Science across Borders - Wednesday, Feb. 7
Damien Williams, assistant professor of data science, will discuss flaws, benefits and possibilities of the present and future frameworks for artificial intelligence research in academia as well as in the public and private sectors.

NATO’s Future - Tuesday, Feb. 13 
Steve Sabol, professor of history, will provide historical background about NATO from 1992 to the present to generate discussion about NATO’s continuing role for Europe’s defense, its past and current mission and possible steps to maintain a viable future. 

U.S.-China Trade Rivalry - Wednesday, Feb. 21
Cheryl Brown, chair and associate professor of political science and public administration, will be the presenter. 

Climate Technology and Competition - Wednesday, Feb. 28
Joshua Miller, assistant professor of political science and public administration, will emphasize the many points of agreement between these great powers and show how they can achieve their shared interests.

Register for the lectures.

The Great Decisions lecture series, offered by the Office of International Programs, is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Charlotte Sister Cities, Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and the International House.