Great Decisions 2020: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Wednesday·January 29, 2020·12:30pm - 2:30pm
Halperin Building · Community Room


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Guest Speaker – TBA

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading articles, watching videos, and meeting with a group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

The program is facilitated by Joan Katen, a leading expert on Middle East Politics and a distinguished Adjunct Professor at Pace University. Joan Katen co-designed the Peace and Justice Minor at Pace which is now in full operation on the NY City Campus. She is the author of “Love at the Edge” a novel based in the reality of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and is a recipient of the prestigious National Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Service which was awarded to her in Washington D.C. in 2013 for her book and her efforts at building peace. 

Participants contribute to the 2020 FPA National Opinion Ballot which can be submitted online ( or in person.  A briefing booklet can be purchased online at  A reference copy of a booklet is available at Harrison Library.

The Great Decision series is free and open to the public. However, due to popularity, each session is on a first-come-first-served basis. 

2020 Schedule: 

January 29 | 12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking | SPEAKER - TBA
February 26 |12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: Climate Change and the Global Order  | SPEAKER – TBA
March DTA | 12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: China’s Road into Latin America | SPEAKER - TBA
April DTA | 12:30-2:30 PM  | TOPIC: India and Pakistan | SPEAKER – TBA
May DTA | 12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: Artificial Intelligence and Data | SPEAKER - TBA