UW-Sheboygan Faculty to Lecture at Mead Library

Great Decisions 2017 focuses on foreign policy & global issues
By UW-Sheboygan

Great Decisions 2017, a series of four lectures, will be presented by The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan faculty at the Mead Public Library in October. The free lectures presented by UW-Sheboygan faculty from 6:30pm-8pm on Tuesday evenings, will guide participants in exploring foreign policy and global issues.

The complete schedule follows:

  • October 3: The Future of Europe with Alise Coen, Assistant Professor of Political Science

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on European Union membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

  • October 10: Trade and Politics with Val Murrennus-Pilmaier, Associate Professor of English

The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: trade means that China wins at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength – gross domestic product and balance of trade – have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.

  • Oct. 17: U.S. Foreign Policy & Petroleum with Mark Karau, Professor of History

What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.

Oct. 24: Latin America’s Political Pendulum with Leah Strobel, Lecturer, World Languages

The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century.


The Mead Public Library is located at 710 North Eighth Street in Sheboygan. Briefing books on the featured topics can be checked out at the Research desk. The series is part of the Great Decisions world affairs education program and is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Sheboygan.

UW-Sheboygan is located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. The campus offers freshman and sophomore level classes in over 250 majors, providing a local start on a University of Wisconsin degree. Small class sizes, top-notch faculty and affordable tuition make it a smart choice for local students. For more information about the campus, visit the website, sheboygan.uwc.edu or email: shbinfo@uwc.edu


What: Great Decision 2017 Lecture Series  (four 90 minute lectures)

Who:   University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan faculty

When: Tuesday evenings, Oct. 3 – Oct. 24, 2017, 6:30-8pm

Where: Mead Public Library, 710 N. 8th Street, Sheboygan

Free admission                                                


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications