'Can the Past Predict the Future: And Why it Matters' Three international experts to lead panel discussion Sept. 13

Sean Costigan, Helen Lavoix and Chris Pallaris, three international experts in technology, political science and commercial intelligence, will lead a panel discussion at Luther College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall.

The panel, titled "Can the Past Predict the Future? (And Why it Matters.)" is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The panel will discuss methods and tools of prediction as a way to estimate outcomes for businesses, organizations and nations.

Costigan, Lavoix and Pallaris will serve as scholars-in-residence for several days on Luther's campus.

Costigan is the project leader at MIT CogNet and lecturer in global studies at the 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 University and was the director for strategic initiatives at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich.

Lavoix is an independent political scientist specializing in strategic foresight and warning for security issues. She holds the master's degree in international politics of Asia and the doctoral degree in political science from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She teaches, advises governments and international actors, and is experimenting with development of scientific foresight and warning products made available for citizens through the web and social networks.

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 works with both public and private sector organizations to improve their strategic intelligence capabilities.

The panel is sponsored by Luther's economics and business department. It is funded by the Malcolm and Maybelle Estrem Endowed Program for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Bert M. and Mildred O. Dahl Chair in Economics and Business.