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Ten Years Hence 2008

The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years.

Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O'Brien-Smith Leadership Program made possible by a generous endowment from William H. O'Brien (ND '40) and his wife, Dee.  The program is named after their respective parents. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors.


Seven Revolutions

by Erik Peterson, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Strategy Institute, CSIS

February 1, 2008

Erik Peterson
Erik Peterson is senior vice president at CSIS, where he is director of the Global Strategy Institute. As director, he heads the "Seven Revolutions Initiative," an internationally recognized effort to identify and project global trends to the year 2025


Globalization and Finance: The future of Islamic finance as an ethical investment

by Karen Hunt Ahmed, Department of Finance, DePaul University

February 22, 2008

Karen Hunt Ahmed
On Feb. 22, 2008, Karen Hunt-Ahmed, assistant professor of Finance at DePaul University, presented "Globalization and Finance: The Future of Islamic Finance as an Ethical Investment,"


The Economics of Immigration and Immigration Policy

by George Borjas, Professor Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

March 14, 2008

George Borjas
On March 14, 2008, George Borjas, professor of Economics and Social Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, presented, "The Economics of Immigration and Immigration Policy,"


Convention on the Global Commons

by James B. Quilligan, Managing Director, Centre for Global Negotiations

March 28, 2008

James B. Quilligan
 James Bernard Quilligan has been an analyst and administrator in the field of international development since 1975. He has served as policy advisor and writer for many international politicians and leaders, including Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterand, Edward Heath, Julius Nyerere, Olof Palme, Willy Brandt, Jimmy Carter and Tony Blair.


Energy Security

by General James L Jones, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy

April 4, 2008

General James L Jones
General (Ret.) James L. Jones is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy.  He is responsible for executing the Institute's strategic mission of uniting energy consumers and producers in a common cause-to expand America's supply of affordable, clean and secure energy for our economy, to protect our environment, and to provide for our national security.


Green is the "New Black" But Will it Stay in Style?

by Anne Thompson, Chief Environmental Correspondent, NBC News

April 11, 2008

Anne Thompson
Anne Thompson was named NBC News' chief environmental affairs correspondent in April 2007. She will report on such issues as alternative fuels, global warming, land usage and new technologies for all NBC News broadcasts including "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today," on MSNBC, and online at


Terrorism: Looking Ahead Through Patterns of the Past

by Rev. Edward A. (Monk) Malloy, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

April 25, 2008

Rev. Edward A. (Monk) Malloy
The Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., completed his 18th and final year as president of the University of Notre Dame on July 1, 2005. He now serves as president emeritus. As the University's 16th president, Father Malloy was elected by the Board of Trustees in 1986, having served five years as vice president and associate provost. Father Malloy is a full professor in the Department of Theology and has been a member of the faculty since 1974