Recent Announcements

Peter Bergen presents: The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle East

posted Apr 11, 2013, 11:20 AM by Great Issues Committee

Event Details:  7:00 p.m., April 24, Busch Student Center, Wool Ballrooms, 20 N. Grand Blvd., Lower Level, St. Louis, MO, 63103

The Great Issues Committee will host Peter Bergen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Wool Ballrooms in Busch Student Center. Bergen will discuss whether American values such as pluralism, tolerance, and democratic values triumph in the Muslim world, or if Osama Bin Laden's dark vision of Taliban-like regimes will prevail.

With Bergen's experience as a journalist in the Middle East and personal interview with Osama Bin Laden, he brings research and personal experience together to tell the story of the man that the United States hunted down for ten years. His speech will address the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the effects of the war on America and the Middle East. Is it safe for America to declare victory, or is there still work to be done?

Bergen has written on national security issues for the New York Times, Washington Post, and TIME. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and writes a weekly column for He has worked as a correspondent or producer for several documentaries that have aired on National Geographic, Discovery and CNN. He has also written a number of books on security and the Middle East including Holy War, Inc., The Longest War, and Manhunt. Following the event, Mr. Bergen will be signing his latest book, Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for Osama Bin Laden - From 9/11 to Abbottabad.

SuChin Pak presents: MTV, Multiculturalism, and GenX: The new consumerism

posted Mar 6, 2013, 7:21 AM by Great Issues Committee

MTV personality SuChin Pak will visit SLU on Tuesday, March 26
Event Details:  7:00 p.m., March 26, Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom, 20 N. Grand Blvd., Lower Level, St. Louis, MO, 63103

The Great Issues Committee will host SuChin Pak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Wool Ballroom in Busch Student Center. Pak will discuss "MTV, Gen X and Multiculturalism: The New American Consumer." During the lecture, she will address multiculturalism in the United States, how it is effecting our actions and beliefs, and changing what exactly it means to be American.

Pak is a veteran media personality and television host. She is currently an MTV News correspondent and host of the environmental news program, G Word on Planet Green, which airs on Discovery Networks. Pak is one of the most recognizable faces in the environmental media space and has focused much of her work on issues involving social change.

She currently spearheads two pro-social campaigns with MTV: "A Thin Line," a campaign focusing on the issue of cyberbullying, sexting, digital rights and the online drama that young people face today, and "Against Our Will," a yearlong campaign launched by MTVU that focuses on the issue of modern-day slavery and human trafficking in the United States.

GIC Presents: Patch Adams

posted Jan 15, 2013, 8:37 AM by Great Issues Committee   [ updated Feb 7, 2013, 9:11 AM ]

‘Medicine for Fun, Not Funds’

Event Details: 7:00pm Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Busch Student Center, Wool Ballrooms 170-173, Lower Level,  20 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

Great Issues Committee is proud to present Dr. Patch Adams, Founder and Executive Clown of the Gesundheit Institute, a holistic healing center that has provided free medical care to thousands of patients since 1971. Patch is both a medical doctor and a clown…but he is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America's healthcare system, a system which he describes as expensive and elitist.

Dr. Adams believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore true health care must incorporate such life. Doctors and patients in his model relate to each other on the basis of mutual trust, and patients receive plenty of time from their doctors. Allopathic doctors and practitioners of alternative medicine will work side by side. If you think that all sounds like a utopian impossibility, it isn't. Patch and his colleagues practiced medicine at the Gesundheit Institute together in West Virgina that way for 12 years in what he calls their pilot project. They saw 15,000 patients. Patch Adams has devoted his life to the study of what makes people happy.

Through the success of this program at the Arlington, Virginia location, a model health care facility is being planned on 310 acres purchased in Pocahontas County, WV. The Institute will include a 40-bed hospital, a theater, arts and crafts shops, horticulture and vocational therapy. Over five years ago, Dr. Adams and staff temporarily stopped seeing patients so that they could coordinate plans for raising $5 Million needed for the Institute's permanent and expanded home, a model health care community. Currently planned is an immediate phase of this dream, a $400,000 facility so that their medical service to patients can resume within the next two years.

The Institute addresses, by action, four major issues in health care delivery: the rising cost of care, dehumanization of medicine, malpractice suits, and abuses of third-party insurance system.

In his speech he will address the history, philosophy, and future of the Gesundheit Institute while engaging in a dialogue with the audience.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open to students with ID at 6:30pm and the public at 6:45pm. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Parking is provided in the Laclede Garage, just mention you are here for Patch Adams.

For more information, email Mitch Garrett at


posted Nov 9, 2012, 11:20 AM by Great Issues Committee   [ updated Nov 9, 2012, 11:21 AM ]

Great Issues Committee is proud to bring SCOTT CARNEY to campus on November 28, 2012 at 7pm in the Wool Ballroom. He will also be signing his book, "The Red Market" after the event.

Scott Carney is an investigative journalist who has worked in some of the most dangerous places in the world. He is a contributing editor at Wired and his work also appears in Mother Jones, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside, and Fast Company. He has appeared on a variety of radio and television stations including NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010 Scott Carney w on the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for the story "Meet the Parents" which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. His first book, "The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers" was published by William Morrow in 2011. He first traveled to India while he was a student at Kenyon College in 1998 where he learned Hindi. Carney has spent more than half a decade in South Asia.

Apply to be a voting member for Spring 2013

posted Nov 9, 2012, 11:11 AM by Great Issues Committee

Applications to be a voting member of the Great Issues Committee for Spring 2013 are now available on SLU Groups. Follow the link below to find the application. Applications are due at 5pm, Monday, December 3, 2012.

GIC and First Year Experience Present: SONIA NAZARIO

posted Oct 31, 2012, 4:31 PM by Great Issues Committee

GIC and First Year Experience will present this year's summer reading book author SONIA NAZARIO to talk about her book Enrique's Journey on November 6 at 7pm in the Wool Ballrooms. Her talk will cover a wide variety of topics addressed in her book including poverty, women's rights, immigration, and drug addiction. Questions and Answer will follow the speech as well as a book signing in the ballrooms.

GIC Presents: Funny Green Business, October 25

posted Oct 16, 2012, 6:40 AM by Great Issues Committee

Great Issues Committee Presents: Funny Green Business
Business, Techonology, and Sustainability cybersatirist
Thursday, October 25
7pm, St. Louis Room

"Cybersatirist" Bob Hirschfeld uses humor to present an eco-friendly message about the challenges, opportunities and need for green and sustainable policies. Some people merely try to be green. So does Bob, which is why he mines the laughs as he deconstructs his own struggles to be green.

Bob's creative presentation includes a tongue-in-cheek green history plus satirical perspectives on what individuals, business and government can do about lowering our carbon footprint, increasing energy efficiency and basically making sure we don't mess up the planet. It's a funny and encouraging look at a bright green future and its positive economic impact.

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posted Sep 18, 2012, 7:58 AM by Great Issues Committee   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 7:59 AM ]

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Upcoming Event: Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War that is Destroying America

posted Sep 16, 2012, 2:58 PM by Great Issues Committee   [ updated Sep 16, 2012, 3:01 PM ]

The Great Issues Committee is hosting duo Common Ground, political analysts Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas of USA Today's "Common Ground" column. Hear about why today's partisanship is destroying America and how both sides of the aisle can work together on divisive issues. It's the perfect event to get the election season going! 
Wool Ballrooms
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Free event!
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Mitch Albom Will Be Speaking At SLU on April 25, 2012

posted Jan 19, 2012, 3:30 PM by Great Issues Committee   [ updated Apr 18, 2012, 10:03 AM ]

The Great Issues Committee presents Eric Alva

25 April 2012  -  6:30pm

BSC Wool Ballrooms


Free Admission

Doors open to SLU community at 6:00pm

On April 25th, the Great Issues Committee will host world famous author Mitch Albom. He will be presenting a speech entitled, "Have A Little Faith." There will be a book signing after the event.  

Visitor parking information

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For additional information, please email Luke Gatta at

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