Winter Term Emerging Futures Forum set for Jan. 22, 23, 27

More than 300 students and 17 faculty members will explore the Winter Term 2009 theme, "Emerging Futures: Foresight for Global Good," in five sessions set for Jan. 22, 23 and 27 at various campus locations. All sessions are open to the campus community.

The Winter Term 2009 theme considers the issues we face as we reflect on the past and look toward tomorrow in order to make a difference in today’s age of rapid, global change. The 40 Emerging Futures Winter Term courses encourage students to experiment, imagine, improvise, and pursue the paradigm shifts that are occuring.
The Emerging Futures Forum brings together groups of faculty and students who have been focusing on emerging futures topics. The content of these focused discussions/presentations/events is being determined by faculty and students enrolled in the courses invited to participate. They are working to take advantage of the opportunity to make something happen before, during, and/or after this event that raises the level of futures awareness of everyone involved.

The classes were encouraged to innovate in the time and space they will share together, using a town hall, model UN, Odyssey of the Mind or other innovative format.

The sessions include the following:

The FUTURE of GLOBAL POLITICS and ECONOMICS – 1:30-4 p.m., Jan. 22, Woods Center at Rhodes Stadium

Mark Snyder, Global Business Environment; Tony Letrent-Jones, Work & Society in a Globally Networked Age; Rudy Zarzar, Current Global Issues

The FUTURE of INFORMATION – 8:30-noon, Jan. 22, Oaks 212 (McCoy Commons)

Mandy Gallagher, Communications in a Global Age; Glenn Scott, Sports and Media; Ken Calhoun, Interactive Media; Janna Anderson: Futures Studies, Mapping Global Futures

The FUTURE of POLITICS, WAR & PEACE – 1:30-4 p.m., Jan. 23, Yeager Recital Hall

Amanda Sink, War and Conflict: Past, Present and Future; Pete Beckman, The US and Iraq; Kerstin Sorensen, European Social Policies and Issues

Emerging FUTURES in the ARTS – 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Jan. 23, Belk Pavilion, Room 208

Jane Wellford, Sacred Dances; Barbara Rhodes, The Arts, Ads and Aesthetic Response; Marguerite Gignoux, Story Magic: When Words Ignite Images

The FUTURE and PUBLIC SERVICE – 1-4 p.m., Jan. 27, Yeager Recital Hall

Staci Saltz and Amanda Tapler, Impacts of Hurricane Ike; Beth Warner, The Call to Service; Ocek Eke, Volunteerism, Social Justice and Civic Engagement in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina