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Talking Future with Frederick Pardee

For the past six years, historians, scientists, and economists have been studying the forces and factors that will shape society at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Established in 2000 with a $5 million grant from Pardee (SMG’54, GSM’54, Hon.’06), a real estate entrepreneur and former policy analyst for the RAND Corporation, the center’s researchers have examined global health, economic development, religion, and the role of government, all with an eye on the next 50 to 100 years.

Pardee, who received a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University at this year’s Commencement exercises, spoke with BU Today about his interest in future studies and the importance of looking beyond immediate challenges.

Click on the slide show to hear Pardee.