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    Great Decisions: India Changes Course

    For the U.S., change in India brings its own set of unknowns, heralding an age ruled by Narenda Modi, a prime minister new to national office and his Bharatiya Janata Party.  Now, the U.S. has to determine how to best secure its interests as India asserts itself on the world stage.  This discussion on Mon., Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. will be facilitated by India expert M. Glen Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Vassar College.  The Great Decisions discussions are held at the Boardman Road Branch Library of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.  For more information or to sign up for the discussion group, contact Reference Desk, 485-3445 x3702, or email adultevents@poklib.org.

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    The Life of a Cuban Exile

    Carlos Eire, T. Lawrence Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies, Yale University and prize-winning author of "Waiting for Snow in Havana" and "Learning to Die in Miami" will speak on Mon., Nov. 2, 7 p.m. at SUNY New Paltz, location t.b.d.   Eire, then 11 years old, was one of thousands of children airlifted out of Cuba in 1962 and sent to Florida, planning to return once Castro was deposed but unable to do so because the Cuban Missile Crisis shut down the border.

     

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Upcoming Council Events

  • The U.S. & Russia Today: New Cold War, Hot War, or Reconciliation? Wed. Sept. 9, 7 p.m.  Thomas M. Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.  Henry Wallace Center, FDR Library, Hyde Park.
  • Great Decisions: Sectarianism in the Middle East Mon. Sept. 21, 7 p.m.  Discussion Facilitator:  James Ketterer, Director of International Academic Initiatives and Senior Fellow, Institute of International Liberal Education, Bard College.  Great Decisions discussions are a collaboration with Poughkeepsie Public Library District and are held at the Boardman Road Branch Library.
  • Electing Violence: Explaining Post-Election Violence in Africa Thurs. Oct. 22, 7 p.m.  Faith Okpotor, Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar, U.S. Institute of Peace.  Hancock Hall, Rm. 2023, Marist College.
  • Great Decisions: India Changes Course Mon. Oct. 19, 7 p.m.  Discussion Facilitator:  M. Glen Johnson, India expert and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Vassar College.  Great Decisions discussions are a collaboration with Poughkeepsie Public Library District and are held at the Boardman Road Branch Library.
  • The Life of a Cuban Exile Mon. Nov. 2, 7 p.m.  Carlos Eire, T. Lawrence Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies, Yale University and prize-winning author of Waiting for Snow in Havana and Learning to Die in Miami.  t.b.d., SUNY New Paltz.