Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
Pardee doubles gift to $10M
S. Pardee (SMG’54), who established BU’s Pardee Center for
the Study of the Longer-Range Future in 2000 with a gift of $5 million,
has doubled his gift to $10 million to accelerate and enhance the center’s
programs. The center brings together representatives from a broad range
of disciplines to take an informed, rigorous, and thoughtful look at the
forces likely to shape global society in the next 35 to 200 years, and
to predict their specific impact on people’s lives.
In the fall of 2001, 1998 economics Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, the center’s
first visiting professor, launched the center’s distinguished lecture
series. This spring’s series will feature Murray Gell-Mann, who
received the 1969 Nobel prize in physics, as incoming visiting professor.
Among other things, the additional funding will be used for an endowed
publications program to distribute the results of the Pardee Center’s
distinguished lecture series, conference papers, and commissioned scholarly
works to stimulate the exploration and discovery of realistic, hopeful
options for the human race to survive inevitable change.
“Fred Pardee’s generous new endowment recognizes the urgency
of understanding without delay how to keep the planet safe and ensure
its sustainable resources for the future -- an instinct galvanized since
September 11,” says David Fromkin, the center’s director,
a CAS professor of international relations, history, and law, and a UNI
professor. He adds that through his gift, Pardee “is giving a practical
demonstration of how one person can help shape decisions that will make
the future world a better place.”
Look for an upcoming B.U. Bridge interview with Murray Gell-Mann.