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ACC to offer national civic - education groups weighing global topics

QUEENSBURY - Adirondack Community College is offering "Great Decisions 2009," a national, civic-education program offering an opportunity to examine public policy in a group setting.

The series of events is designed to exchange views and sharpen judgment on a variety of global issues which touch the lives of every American, ACC spokesman Robert Myers said.

The program, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, is a series of discussion groups meeting eight times through the year designed to foster awareness and input on international issues, Myers said.

Participants in Great Decisions 2009 will learn about U.S. foreign policy and global issues; discuss multiple viewpoints in a group setting; and take part in a national opinion survey on policy issues.

The discussion groups will be facilitated by ACC faculty members. Times and locations of the groups vary.

Topics and group leaders include:

•The U.S. and Rising Powers, Mon. Feb. 23 on the ACC campus, facilitator: ACC History Professor Keith Pomakoy;

•Afghanistan and Pakistan, March 31, facilitator: ACC History Professor Charles Bailey;

•Energy and the Global Economy, April 29, facilitator: ACC Professor of Business Nicholas Buttino;

•Egypt in the 21st Century, Sept. 24, facilitator: Retired ACC Political Science Professor Jeffrey Peck;

•Cuba After Castro, Nov. 4, facilitator: ACC Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Anthropology Dr. Martin Wasserman.

Courses with dates and facilitators to be announced are:

•Universal Human Rights;

•The Arctic Age; and

•Global Food Supply.

At the conclusion of each discussion, participants use opinion ballots to express their thoughts on various policy options. Tuition for the program is $100.

For more information or to register, contact ACC Center at 743-2238 or visit at www.sunyacc.edu/acc_center.

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