For the past six years our popular discussion series was called the Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group. We gathered in Parish Hall and our meetings featured faculty members from UCSB and others to lecture and then lead lively Q&A sessions on the topics contained in the Great Decisions curriculum.

The insurrection on January 6, 2021 changed everything. The violent attempt to prevent the orderly transfer of presidential power and death threats directed at congressional leaders requires recognition that domestic extremists are now the greatest threat to our democracy.

The importance of analysis and opportunities to discuss important problems compelled the change in our focus and hence our name. Speakers and topics will be responsive to members interests and changing events in our political and geopolitical postures.

The first session held via Zoom on March 23, 2021 focused on voter suppression with detailed analysis of the legislation now pending discussed by member Mike Hackett. The next program will turn to climate change and will be held on April 13 at 7:00 p.m. The Zoom invitation for that and future events is:

Members and friends and those curious to know more about our programs will find updated information on our programs at this site. The program is generously supported by a cadre of volunteers and there is NO CHARGE to anyone wishing to log on to our programs. Questions, comments and suggestions for future programs was always welcome. Please use the contact form below to get in touch.

John Warnock
Chair, Contemporary Issues Forum
Advisors: Ben Senauer, Richard Dow, Gail Fairburn, Michael Gorodezky, Julie Lopp, Ted Anagnoson, Carol Schwyzer, Ted Stern, and Mike Hackett