Great Decisions – 5/2/22

War in Ukraine & Changing Demographics

The second “Great Decisions” public forum will meet on Monday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Hubbard Community Room at the Walpole Town Library. As the war in Ukraine grinds on without an end in sight, we will continue our discussion of Putin’s Russia and the crisis in Ukraine, then segue to changing demographics, with a focus on U.S. immigration, refugee and asylum policy and enactment. The forum will be moderated by Tom Durnford, Professor Emeritus, and is free and open to the public.

A first-hand report from two of our fellow Walpoleans who are now in Poland working with Ukrainian refugees will begin the evening. Dennis Marcom and Peter Stolley will describe their experience and the plight of Ukrainians fleeing their war-ravaged country.

The articles from the Foreign Policy Association’s “Great Decisions” briefing book that are relevant to the discussion are “Changing demographics in the world” by Joseph Chamie and “Putin’s Russia” by Allen Lynch. These are available from the Walpole Town Library or copies may be requested via email:

Also available at the library is a “Great Decisions” DVD with Master Classes (lasting 30 minutes) on each topic. The Master Class on Demographics will be shown during the public forum on May 2.

The public is welcome to attend in person or via Zoom. To obtain the Zoom link to the meeting, please send a request to

Founded in 1954 under the auspices of the Foreign Policy Association, “Great Decisions” has become the largest non-partisan education program on foreign policy and international affairs in America. We are grateful for the support of Library Director Jane Malmberg and our public library in hosting this exceptionally informative discussion program. Please join us on May 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Walpole Town Library.

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