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Foreign policy class offered

Locals can discuss issues facing the U.S. at CMC forum

— Students of Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus and residents of Steamboat Springs may find reason, logic or rationale to current issues that face policy makers in America.

This February at CMC, Professor Emeritus George Tolles presents eight discussions ranging from anti-American sentiments to the new politics and economy of Russia for 2002.

The brown bag lunch series is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 5 through Feb. 28. The cost is $25.



Tolles said he taught this class to students when he was on staff at CMC but has not educated the community on issues that face foreign policy makers in about four years.

“There’s a renewed awakening since Sept. 11 with what’s going on in the world,” Tolles said. “There’s a real paradigm shift in world affairs.”



Before Sept. 11, Tolles said most people had to be true foreign affairs junkies to be interested in the subject. Now, everything has changed.

“It’s the No. 1 question, but there are a hundred different theories about it,” Tolles said of the first discussion Feb. 5, “Why do they hate us?”

Denise Roach, administrative assistant to the dean at CMC, said the world politics discussions are part of the Alpine Enrichment Program headed by Janie Swartz.

Roach said the textbook, the Foreign Policy Association Briefing Book, was printed Jan. 4, so the information is up to date.

The Foreign Policy Association prints a list of eight crucial issues that face policy makers every year in addition to the textbook.

“I suppose this is an in-depth discussion a serious academic thing. It’s not a Time magazine analysis,” Tolles said. “It’s more like a graduate seminar than an introductory course.”

Tolles said he doesn’t expect many 18-year-olds at his discussions because they typically attend CMC to get a degree. Tolles’ month-long discussions are non-credit classes.

“This is for people who want to do more than just wave an American flag from their pickup. We want to go beyond that,” Tolles said.

Roach said one of the reasons Tolles was so popular among the staff and students was because his lectures were so captivating.

“When he would talk about foreign policy, he included his own experiences,” Roach said.

Roach was Tolles’ secretary before he retired in 1992 with honors and said Tolles has a good reputation in the community.

“We’ll just fill up the classroom. George has a great following,” said Roach, admitting she took a foreign policy class with Tolles previously. “He has such great knowledge of foreign policy.”

Tolles was a professor of international relations when CMC was Yampa Valley College in the 1960s.

Interested parties must register for the non-credit class by the end of January. Call 870-4454 to register.


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