Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Experts Lead Local Discussions on Global Politics at Post Road Library

Prepare to discuss the world as professors from the University of North Georgia (UNG) lead a series of eight discussions on complex global issues beginning this month at the Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, Cumming.

The series is part of Great Decisions 2019, a national program developed by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) to help local communities better understand global politics, government, and foreign issues that affect the United States and its citizens.



“The FPA describes Great Decisions as America’s largest discussion on world affairs,” explains Programming Manager Tracy Walker.

“It’s certainly a large program for the library and it’s one of the most popular programs we offer for adults. We find that our patrons are interested in understanding more about the world and gaining new perspective on the challenges we face as a nation, and this gives our community a chance to talk personally with experts who can share specific details or guide them to further resources and information on these complex topics,” adds Walker.

Raluca Viman-Miller, Ph.D., an assistant professor of comparative politics, international relations, and European politics at UNG, will lead the first discussion, Refugees and Global Migration, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22.

Dr. Viman-Miller will share information about the laws and policies created by each state regarding who is permitted to cross its borders and how they will do so, as well as provide insight into how certain countries react to migration and the effectiveness of laws and policies regarding refugees and migrants.

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, Victoria Hightower, Ph.D., an associate professor of Middle East and Persian Gulf history, will lead the next discussion, The Middle East: Regional Disorder.

Dr. Hightower will explain the ways the Trump administration has aligned itself with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Israel to thwart Iranian expansion. She will also describe possible actions the U.S. might take in troubled countries such as Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Iraq.

After tackling those complicated topics, the series continues into February and March with discussions on nuclear arms, the rise of populism in France, Germany, and the UK, the trade war with China, cyber conflicts, and the current state of U.S. diplomacy and its relationship with Mexico.

Each discussion will include a presentation on the topic and a question-and-answer period with the presenter. Admission to each discussion is free.

“If you have a desire to educate yourself on any or all of these topics before attending a discussion, the FPA publishes a briefing book and DVD to provide an overview of the situations and perspectives that influence the most important challenges in national and global politics at the moment,” explains Walker.

Copies of the Great Decisions 2019 Briefing Book and DVD are available at the library and library cardholders may place hold requests at catalog.forsythpl.org.

“Reading the briefing book or watching the DVD are not requirements. If you’d like to learn about global politics and how those decisions affect people here in the U.S., I encourage you to come and listen to a presentation and then feel free to ask questions of the professors from UNG,” says Walker.

For more information, and to see the full schedule of Great Decisions 2019 discussions below, or visit the events calendar at www.forsythpl.org.


Great Decisions 2019
Post Road Library
5010 Post Road, Cumming

January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Raluca Viman-Miller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Political Science & International Affairs

January 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Victoria Hightower, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History

February 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Seyed Hamid Serri, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Political Science & International Affairs

February 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Nathan Price, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Political Science & International Affairs

February 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Laurel Wei, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science

February 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Craig Greathouse, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Department Head of Political Science & International Affairs

March 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Tamara Spike, Ph.D., Interim Associate Department Head of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy and Alexander Wisnoski, III, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History

March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Jonathan Miner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Book Chat at the Sharon Forks Library: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

A young woman prone to misinterpreting social cues steps outside of her comfort zone in pursuit of a local musician that catches her eye. Eleanor Oliphant is a fascinating character study with a delightfully creepy twist!

Our Book Chat book club will discuss the novel on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sharon Forks Library. Newcomers are always welcome!

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Toastmasters International to Lead Public Speaking Workshops for Adults and Teens

Public speaking is an invaluable life skill. If you've made a new year's resolution to overcome your fear of it, or to take your presentation skills to the next level, join a free workshop at Forsyth County Public Library this month!


Programs for Middle and High School Students

Whether applying for jobs or interviewing for college scholarships, being able to speak in public is a necessary - but often scary! - skill to master. Being a confident public speaker can help teens stand out from the crowd and the internationally renowned Toastmasters organization offers this workshop to a select group of middle and high school students at the Cumming and Post Road Libraries beginning this month.

Teens will practice speaking and listening skills in a positive environment and receive coaching from experienced speakers. By the end of the workshop, teens will be able to speak to groups or individuals with confidence and poise.

Cumming Library
Toastmasters Workshop for Teens in Grades 6-12
Meets Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
January 5, 12, 19, February 2, 9, 16, and 23
Please call the Cumming Library at 770-781-9840 ext. 9919 to register.

Post Road Library
Youth Leadership Workshop for Teens in Grades 6-12
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, and 27
Please register online for the January 9 session to secure your spot for the full eight weeks.


Programs for Adults

The internationally renowned Toastmasters organization is offering a seven-week workshop for a select group of adults looking to take their presentation and public speaking skills to the next level.

Participants will practice speaking and listening skills in a positive environment and receive coaching from experienced speakers. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to speak to groups or individuals with confidence and poise.

Cumming Library
Toastmasters Workshop for Adults
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
January 5, 12, 19, February 2, 9, 16, and 23
Please call the Cumming Library at 770-781-9840 ext. 9919 to register.


For more information on this and other programs beginning at the library this month, please visit www.forsythpl.org.