Pardee Center Co-Hosts Alumni Weekend Webinar Series Drawing on “The World After Coronavirus” Video Series

During Boston University’s 2020 Alumni Weekend, the Pardee School of Global Studies and the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future co-hosted “World in Flux,” a three-part webinar series drawing on the Pardee Center’s recently concluded video series, “The World After Coronavirus.” Over the course of more than 100 episodes in the video series, Dean Adil Najam explored the challenges and opportunities we will face in our post-coronavirus future with leading experts and practitioners from Boston University and across the world.

The Alumni Weekend webinar series featured panels of Pardee School faculty exploring three broad themes from the video series: the future of global politics, the future of global economics, and the future of global values. The events were broadcast live on the Pardee School’s YouTube channel, and the recordings are available to watch below.


– Is the future of the WHO and other international organizations at risk?
– What will China’s rise mean for the rest of the world?
– Can the retreat of democracy around the world be reversed?
– How will global multilateralism change in the wake of COVID-19?


Kaija Schilde, Associate Professor of International Relations
Josh Shifrinson, Assistant Professor of International Relations
Noora Lori, Assistant Professor of International Relations


– How will the future of international development be different?
– Will COVID-19 be the tipping point in a restructuring of the global economic system?
– Will pandemic recovery efforts put the world on a path toward a greener economy?
– Will COVID-19 be a moment of reckoning on the climate crisis?
– Can rising income inequality be reversed?


Kevin Gallagher, Professor of Global Development Policy; Director, Global Development Policy Center
Perry Mehrling, Professor of International Political Economy
Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration; Professor of International Relations and Political Science


– What will be the future of work and education?
– Will more technology create a less inclusive society?
– How will COVID-19 impact the future of health care?
– Is there a sense of hope that this crisis will force needed change around the world?


Adela Pineda, Director, Latin American Studies Center; Professor of Spanish
Rachel Brule, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy
Tim Longman, Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs; Acting Director, African Studies Center; Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Michael Woldemariam, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science and incoming Director of the African Studies Center