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Book Nook Java Shop and White Lake Community Library to collaborate on World Issues Programs

Starting on Tuesday, February 11, from noon to 1:00 pm, there will be eight weekly live-streamed lectures at the Book Nook Java Shop in Montague.
Book Nook Java Shop and White Lake Community Library to collaborate on World Issues Programs

Book Nook Java Shop and White Lake Community Library to collaborate on World Issues Programs

Starting on Tuesday, February 11, from noon to 1:00 pm, there will be eight weekly live-streamed lectures at the Book Nook Java Shop in Montague.  These lectures, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan and presented live in Grand Rapids from Calvin University, will be followed up by discussions of the topic on Wednesdays at the White Lake Community Library from noon-1:30 pm.

To generate better discussions, the Wednesday attendees are encouraged to purchase the Great Decisions booklet ($32) and read the 10 pages or so of background on the week’s topic.  Books can be purchased and all 8 topics can be viewed at the Foreign Policy Association website www.fpa.org under the heading Great Decisions.

The first week’s focus on Feb. 11 is India and Pakistan, with the World Affairs Council providing a Tuesday lecture titled Kashmir: Flashpoint between India and Pakistan presented by Raza Ahmad Rumi director of the Department of Journalism at Ithaca College. The Tuesday lecture requires no prior commitment, just drop in.  Wednesday discussion group attendees may want to order the book and read ahead of time on the topic.

The discussion group on Wednesdays will remain open during the 8 weeks from February 11 to April 1st, but If you want to join the discussion group on Wednesdays, or if you have any questions, please contact Marcia Conaghan at 231-894-9531 or mconaghan@wlclib.org.  Participants are encouraged to share in leading the discussions based on questions provided in the booklet. 

The lectures and discussions will be presented in the following order:

February 11 and 12  Kashmir: Flashpoint between India and Pakistan

February 18 and 19   Philippines under Duterte

February 25 and 26  Regional security in the Red Sea area

March 3 and 4  Green Peacebuilding in the age of Climate Change

March 10 and 11  Human Trafficking

March 17 and 18  Artificial Intelligence and National Security

March 24 and 25  China’s Road into Latin America

March 31 and April 1  Central American Immigration and US Foreign Policy

 The Tuesday lectures will take place in the back room of the Book Nook Java Shop, which will provide a range of drinks, soup, and snacks for purchase there for those who want lunch while they listen.  On Wednesday you are invited to bring a sack lunch to the Legacy Room at the library at noon.

White Lake Community Library is a district library serving all residents within the boundaries of the Whitehall District Schools.  Located at 3900 White Lake Drive in Whitehall, the library provides a broad range of print materials and audiovisual items for all ages.  The library also offers a variety of programs for children, teens, and adults, as well as wireless internet access and computers for public use.  For more information, call the library at 231-894-9531, or visit the library website at wlclib.org.