Want to brush up on the waning of Pax Americana, or deepen your knowledge of U.S. global engagement and the military?

Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, is coming to Findlay this spring, with an organizational meeting planned for Feb. 11.

Facilitator Barbara Lockard of Findlay said the program was launched in Portland, Oregon, in 1954 and was developed by the Foreign Policy Association. And while the group tackles topics that might sound intimidating (“China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation,” for instance), Lockard maintains the discussion group is nonpartisan and “really more of a history lesson.”

Prior to each monthly meeting, participants will be given a short reading assignment to brief them on the topic. Led by Lockard and her husband, Jerry Sisser, the group will then watch a video on the topic before delving into a discussion led by the facilitators using a teacher’s guide.

Meetings will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sundays at the Hancock Historical Museum, and the only cost associated is the $30 briefing book (couples or friends can share a book).

Lockard said she and Sisser participated in Great Decisions several years ago at the Fostoria library, and the program has also been offered previously at the University of Findlay. All ages are welcome to attend and, based on interest, participants may be split into two groups to keep discussion sizes small.

Lockard said participants should not be intimidated by the nature of the topics, as the group members will all be learning together. More importantly, as it’s not partisan in its design, the program will not feed into the divisiveness of the world today.

“It’s a good way to foster conversation in a time that we don’t communicate so much anymore,” she said.

The informational meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. Contact Sisser at or call the museum at 419-423-4433 for more details.

Griteman: 419-427-8477
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