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Great Decisions is an ongoing program held at the Jacksonville Public Library, designed to engage citizens in learning about the world. Each year, the Great Decisions editorial board selects eight of the most pressing global issues and regions that will be the focus of the briefing book, television programs, and online resources. It is the oldest and largest grass-roots world affairs education program of its kind in the country. Great Decisions is sponsored locally by the World Affairs Council - Jacksonville.

Great Decisions discussions take place on selected Thursday evenings at a new time -- 6:45-8:30 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Library located at 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. – 32256.

The Great Decisions 2015 Briefing Book will be available for purchase through the Foreign Policy Association website for $22, not including shipping. Note: Purchase of the briefing book is not required for participation.

If you have any questions about this program or would like to receive our Great Decisions eNewsletter, please contact Lisa Brown Buggs at 630-4655 or



April 9, 2015

Russia and the Near Abroad

April 16, 2015

Privacy in the Digital Age

April 23, 2015

Sectarianism in the Middle East (Pending)

May 28, 2015

India Changes Course

June 11, 2015

U.S. Policy Toward Africa

June 18, 2015

Syria’s Refugee Crisis

June 25, 2015

Human Trafficking in the 21st Century

July 9

Brazil’s Metamorphosis

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JPL Databases

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society  World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society (In-Library) (Remote Access)

This database is an invaluable online resource that presents comprehensive information and unique insights into the military conflicts that have defined our world from antiquity to today. The only online resource focused on the causes and consequences of wars fought around the world, elucidating the global impact of these conflicts.

Gale U.S. History in Context   Gale U.S. History in Context
U.S. History in Context delivers comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results from the most extensive online collection of historical information available today.
Gale World History in Context  Gale World History in Context
World History in Context offers students and researchers unparalleled access to a broad collection of scholarly analysis and award-winning full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents. World History in Context moves chronologically over 5,000 years from antiquity to the present and geographically around the globe, to ensure that the events, movements and individuals that defined, informed and shaped world history are covered with a sense of balance.
America's Newspapers  America’s Newspapers
Contains the electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--all in one easy-to-search database. (Contains the abstract and full-text version of thousands of articles from Florida's top daily newspapers, including - among others - the Tampa Tribune, the Florida Times-Union, the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Orlando Sentinel.)

REVISED 9.24.13