Visit the Chanhassen Library this fall for another series of Great Decisions programs. Funded by the Friends of the Chanhassen Library, each program features a speaker exploring a topical foreign affairs subject.
This fall’s line-up of programs and speakers are:
Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Speaker: Christi Siver.
United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership? Speaker: John Oswald.
State of the State Department and Diplomacy: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19. During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy, have been upended. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries? Speaker: Tom Hanson.
The Middle East: Regional Disorder: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. As the presidency of Donald Trump passes the halfway point, the Middle East remains a region in turmoil. What will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear accord and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Speaker: Nicholas Hayen.
Also visit Chanhassen in September and October for an exhibit by Amanda Doster.
Doster is a self-taught, emerging mixed-media artist. Her art is heavily inspired by the wildlife around her current Minnesota home. She also draws inspiration from the Southwest, where she grew up.
She prefers using natural pigments and mixing her own acrylic based paint. Her signature color scheme features a limited palette focused on warm earth tones and highlighted with metallic copper.
Tails for Reading: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. Preschool and elementary school age children are welcome to read books aloud to specially trained therapy dogs to encourage confidence in reading. Presented by North Star Therapy Animals. Children read for a 15-minute session on a first come, first served basis. No registration required.
Teen Advisory Board: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10. For ages 13-18, no registration required. Join other teens that have an interest in library programs and more. We meet monthly to help plan programs, activities and volunteer as Teen Advisors. We also enjoy some snacks and discussion about books and more.
Carver County Cares: New to Medicare: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. This presentation reviews what is covered by Parts A, B, C and D of Medicare, as well as Medicare supplement options available. The enrollment process and options for enrollment in Medicare will be discussed along with the personal costs of the program.