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Foreign policy expert

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

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