Great Decisions

Time to register for 2020 Great Decisions program

The World Affairs Council of Greater Reading’s Great Decisions program for 2020 has returned.

WAC teams with seven other community groups to hold facilitated discussions based on readings and videos prepared by the Foreign Policy Association. WAC believes that civil, contemplative discussion is valuable and promotes understanding.

For 2020, the FPA will cover eight hot topics: Climate Change and the Global Order, India and Pakistan, Red Sea Security, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, U. S. Relations with the Northern Triangle of Central America, China’s Road into Latin America, The Philippines and U.S., and Artificial Intelligence and Data.

The general public is welcome to register and attend at any of the seven hosting locations, including the retirement communities. Each hosting group will administer its program, including subjects, dates and charges. 

WAC will have a master schedule so missed subjects can be made up at other locations.

Groups and contact information:

  • Jewish Cultural Center: Amanda Hornberger, 610-921-0624 or
  • Wyomissing Library: Ann Sheehan, 610-374-2385 or
  • Library at Lititz: Steve Franz, 717-656-0353 or
  • Reading Public Library: Linda Capozello, 610-478-8977 or
  • Phoebe: Carol Ort, 610-927-3412 or, or John Mattes,
  • The Highlands: Jared Martz, 484-220-8265 or martzj@the
  • The Heritage: Cheryl Anderson, 484-269-5145 or


NOTE: The Covid-19 virus situation has made the scheduling for Great Decisions very fluid with postponements and cancellations. We strongly recommend you check with the hosts for your sessions before trying to attend.The hosts are listed above. The Master Schedule continues to reflect the original planned dates.

  Wyomissing Library Lilitz Library Reading Library JCC Highlands Heritage Phoebe
Climate Change 2-Mar 12-Feb 11-Feb 2-Mar 25-Mar 27-Feb 4-Feb
India & Pakistan 24-Feb 11-Mar 25-Feb 16-Mar 5-Feb 26-Mar 11-Feb
Red Sea Security 30-Mar 8-Apr 10-Mar 23-Mar 11-Mar 23-Apr 18-Feb
Modern Slavery & Trafficking 23-Mar 13-May 24-Mar 9-Mar 4-Mar 28-May 25-Feb
US &the Northern Triangle 9-Mar 10-Jun 7-Apr 6-Apr 19-Feb 25-Jun 3-Mar
China’a Road to Latin America 6-Apr 8-Jul 21-Apr 20-Apr 12-Feb 23-Jul 10-Mar
Philippines & the US 13-Apr 12-Aug 5-May 30-Mar 18-Mar 27-Aug 17-Mar
Artificial Intelligence & Data 27-Apr 9-Sep 12-May 13-Apr 1-Apr 24-Sep 24-Mar