Jan 5, 2012

Foreign policy expert

Foreign policy consultant and former U.S. Foreign Service Officer Tom Hanson will be the featured speaker sponsored by Central Lakes College’s Center for Lifelong Learning from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Lord of Life Church in Baxter. Currently serving as Program Secretary of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, Hanson is a former US Foreign Service Officer whose postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. He also participated in the opening of new US Embassies in Mongolia and Estonia, worked on the foreign relations committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives, and served as Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. He is active with the Upper Midwest Association of Foreign Service, a member of the Minnesota International Center’s Great Decisions advisory committee and frequent Great Decisions speaker. He is a contributor to local media, a board member of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights (US Foundation), and Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota - Duluth. He is also the featured speaker each year at the Humphrey Institute giving the State of the World assessment.
Hanson’s presentation will mark the first in a series of international topics through The Center for Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College. It is an introduction to the Great Decisions program, a national program offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning, and designed for those interested in learning more about world affairs and foreign policy. Great Decisions membership is $30 for members of The Center for Lifelong Learning and $35 for non-members.

     Great Decisions is a national program initiated by the Foreign Policy Association in Washington, DC.  It sponsors discussion groups in all states and is supported by the Minnesota International Center. Programming will be offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning eight times throughout the year, meeting the third Monday of each month – February through June and September through November.

     For information on Great Decisions, contact Bob Passi at bobpassi@charter.net. For more information on The Center For Lifelong Learning at Central Lakes College, visit www.clcmn.edu/lifelonglearning