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Panel Discussion: Can the Past Predict the Future? (And Why it Matters.)

  • Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
  • Time: 7:00 pm

Three international experts in technology, political science, and commercial intelligence will be scholars-in-residence for several days at Luther College. The panel will discuss methods and tools of prediction as a way to forecast outcomes, not only for businesses and organizations, but for nations.

Sean S. Costigan is project leader at MIT CogNet and lecturer in Global Studies atthe New School University.He specializes in technology and international affairs. In 2010 he was a visiting fellow at the University of Calcutta’s Institute of Foreign Policy Studies. He has also taught at the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School and was the director for strategic initiatives, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich.

Dr. Helene Lavoix is an independent political scientist specializing in strategic foresight and warning for security issues. She holds a Ph.D. in
political science and a MSc in international politics of Asia (distinction)
from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She advises governments and international actors, teaches, and she is experimenting with development of scientific foresight and warning products made available for citizens through the web and social networks.

Chris Pallaris is the director and principal consultant of i-intelligence, a commercial intelligence consultancy based in Switzerland. He leads and coordinates the company’s research, teaching and consulting activities in Europe and beyond, and works with both public and private sector organizations to improve their strategic intelligence capabilities.

Sponsored by the Luther College Department of Economics and Business

Funded by the Malcolm and Maybelle Estrem Endowed Program for Entrepreneurial Studies


Funded by Bert M. and Mildred O. Dahl Chair in Economics and Business

Questions? Contact Susan Peterson, 563-387-1291