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March 2016

Session 6 – The United Nations

Durango Public Library
11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, 22 March

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Great Decisions, an international affairs discussion group, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Durango Branch of the American Association of University Women, and the Durango Public Library, will hold its sixth 2016 session on “The United Nations”, at the Durango Public Library, on 22 March 22 2016, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., led by Mike Todt.  Attendance is free of charge and attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.

“The United Nations,” reviews the position of the UN at a crossroads, on the eve of its 70th birthday. This year marks a halfway point in the organization’s global effort to eradicate poverty, hunger and discrimination, as well as ensure justice and dignity for all peoples.  As the UN’s 193 member states look back at the success of the millennium development goals, they also must assess their needs for its sustainable development goals—a new series of benchmarks, which are set to expire in 2030. With the appointment of the ninth Secretary-General in the near future as well, the next U.S. President will have a lot on his/her plate going into office.

Mike Todt is currently semi-retired, working on publishing history articles.  He moved to Durango 2 ½ years ago, with his wife, arriving from Morgantown, WV.  As an active member of the community, he serves on the City of Durango Board of Ethics; and is a board member of both the Boulevard Neighborhood Association and the Sexual Assault Services Organization. His hobbies include biking, hiking, kayaking, and travel.  Mike loves the opportunities for outdoor activities and the engaged community available here.

Prior to coming to Durango, Mike taught history at West Virginia University for seven years, focusing on modern US history, the history of health care reform, the 1960s, and North American history (US, Canada, Mexico).  While teaching, he also had a private practice as a clinical psychologist.  His prior work experience includes:  CEO of two state psychiatric hospitals; executive coach and management consultant for Fortune 500 companies; VISTA volunteer; and human resources specialist in productivity and compensation.  He received his Ph.D. in history from West Virginia University, and 2012; his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Chicago, 1983.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Great Decisions discussion on The Koreas originally scheduled for Tuesday, 8 March, will now take place on Tuesday, 5 April.  
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