MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 26, 2015) — The Minnesota International Center’s (MIC) 8th annual Great Decisions conference drew its largest crowd ever on October 9 at the Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central location, with nearly 230 students, educators, and community members in attendance.
This year’s sold-out conference explored the global impact of human trafficking in the 21st century. Local and national speakers examined broader U.S. foreign policy implications, federal anti-trafficking legislation, and Minnesota’s achievements in responding to this serious crime.
Featured speakers included Tom Hanson, former U.S. Foreign Service officer; Lauren Martin, director of research, Urban Research and Engagement-Outreach Center, University of Minnesota; Sarah E. Mendelson, representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador; Rachel Paulose, partner, DLA Piper, and former U.S. Attorney; Dave Pinto, Minnesota state representative and Ramsey County attorney; Robin Phillips, executive director with the Advocates for Human Rights; and Brenda Schultz, director of responsible business with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
Attendees commented that they valued the international and local perspectives and diverse disciplines of the speakers. Videos, photos, and speaker presentations from the event are available at www.micglobe.org/2015GD.
MIC’s annual conference brings together local and national experts with community members, professionals, and students, for timely presentations and in-depth discussions on one of the eight critical Great Decisions topics. MIC is proud to offer the only annual Great Decisions conference in the country.
Great Decisions is America’s largest community discussion program on world affairs, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. MIC coordinates the largest Great Decisions program in the country and manages groups, speakers, and builds additional programs around the eight critical topics, including a free monthly presentation by a local expert.
The Minnesota International Center (www.micglobe.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, member-supported organization that offers a variety of educational, cultural, and business-themed opportunities focused on global topics. Our rich and varied programs are designed for individuals from Minnesota to connect with others from around the globe, serve as citizen diplomats, and gain a deeper understanding of the world. MIC is in the top ten World Affairs Councils of America and received the Council of Ambassadors Award in 2014 from the Foreign Policy Association for expanding Great Decisions in Minnesota.