On Thursday, Oct. 11, PBK Visiting Scholar Thayer Scudder will deliver a lecture on “Global Threats, Global Futures: Learning to live with declining living standards,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room.
The lecture is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta of New York. Professor Scudder will also lead a follow-up round-table discussion from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in the Fisher Center.
Scudder is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the California Institute of Technology and Founding Director of the Institute for Development Anthropology.
For the first time in history, a major characteristic of the 21st century will be the interplay of an increasing number of global threats which the world currently has neither the leadership nor institutional capacity to deal with at national and international levels. Less familiar to the public than threats associated with global warming and nuclear power are poverty; economic, political and religious fundamentalism; increasing global consumption; land and water grabs at the expense of the poor by governments, other countries and international corporations for special economic zones, agribusiness and lumbering; urbanization; and environmental degradation. Such threats will be analyzed with special emphasis on poverty and fundamentalism.