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Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
Pardee doubles gift to $10M

Frederick 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.


17 January 2003
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