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Mendoza College to present “Ten Years Hence” lecture series

by Tim Masterton, Notre Dame News and Information

February 17, 2006

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The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business will present a series of lectures this spring focusing on the major forces that shape political, technological, social and competitive environments.

Titled “Ten Years Hence,” lectures in the series will take place at 10:40 a.m. in Mendoza’s Jordan Auditorium.  Each session is free and open to the public.

Eric Peterson, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will deliver the first lecture March 3 (Friday) titled “Seven Resolutions.”  Peterson is director of the Seven Resolutions Initiative, a broad-based effort to forecast key trends out to the year 2025.

The remaining lectures are:

March 24 (Friday) – “Technology and Talent: Reshaping Global Architectures,” by John Hagel III, management consultant, public speaker and author of “Out of the Box: Strategies for Achieving Profits Today and Growth Tomorrow through Web Services.”
March 31 (Friday)  – “Four Paths to Four Futures,” by John Petersen, considered by many to be one of the world’s most informed futurists and president of the Arlington Institute, a non-profit, future-oriented research institute.
April 7 (Friday) – “Public Health Issues in the Future: America and Beyond,” by Dr. James Curran, dean and professor of epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, author of over 250 scientific publications, and 1966 Notre Dame graduate.
April 21 (Friday) – “Future Government and Public Policy,” by William McGurn, chief speechwriter for the White House, former chief editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal, and 1980 Notre Dame graduate.
April 28 (Friday) – “The Future of the Faith in an Age of Fundamentalism and Secularism,” by Harry Attridge, leading scholar of Christian origins and former theology professor and dean of the faculty of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame.
Established in 2005, “Ten Years Hence” was created in response to the unprecedented challenges and opportunities present in the global society of the 21 st century.  The lecture series will offer experts’ forecasts and analyses in major areas like bio-technology, water, oil and fundamentalism, and help students develop a sense of the “knowable future” by studying current positions, trends and causes related to major social, political, technological and economic issues.

For more information, visit the “Ten Years Hence” Web site at http://www.nd.edu/~cba/tenyearshence.

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