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Friday, October 4 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Global Futures: Disruptive Technologies, Actors, Ideologies, Solidarities

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The future will be increasingly global.  Globalization will be driven by new technologies, actors, ideologies that are disruptive of the existing economic, social, and political order.  Change will not be a homogeneous linear trend of increasing integration; rather, globalization will take multiple forms and proceed in different directions, generating different types of interactions and conflicts between peoples, geographies, politics, and societies. We will face new types of inequalities of wealth and economic power, political hierarchies, knowledge, information, and more. We will face new threats to environmental sustainability, democracy, and human rights.

We are at a hinge moment. It is time for focused thought, and to identify what needs to be done to forge a sustainable and just future. We will need new alliances, solidarities, ethics, and spaces to resist these threats. Preparing for the future requires understanding of the present and the structural forces of the past that created the world today.

This event brings together scholars, activists, policy makers, and writers to propose explanations and understandings of the global future.

Round table 1: globalization 
This roundtable includes writers on human rights, technologies, and global economic justice. Considerations include how do we imagine the key economic, social, and political interactions of the global future; what are the critical threats to a just and sustainable society; what/who are the key drivers; what types of ethics, solidarities, and alliances will drive a new global governance.

Sasha Llorenti
Sam Moyn
Dena Freeman
Sakiko Fukuda- Parr
Michael Cohen

Round table 2: mobility
This roundtable will consider new thinking on global mobility—of people, goods, and ideas. More than 250 million people reside outside their countries of origin; the number of refugees and other displaced persons is at its highest level since World War II; international border crossings total 2 billion a year. At the same time that populist politics produce new barriers to migration from south to north, free movement of people within regions continues to increase. Material products and intellectual property cross borders under very different rules than humans. Other global developments, such as climate change and technological advances, will have dramatic effects on mobility.

Are we witnessing the end of borders, the hardening of borders, or the reconstitution of borders—or all at the same time? How should conceptions of social justice frame and influence discussions of policy and practice? What role can design play in helping us imagine new approaches to these questions?

Alex Aleinikoff
Vicki Hattam
Anne McNevin
Alexandra Delano

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Alex Aleinikoff

University Professor, Director of The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School for Social Research
Alex Aleinikoff is university professor, and has served as director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility since January 2017. He received a JD from the Yale Law School and a BA from Swarthmore College.Alex has written widely in the areas of immigration and refugee law... Read More →
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Sam Moyn

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History, Yale University
Sam Moyn is author of several books including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010), and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018) that reassess the historical role of human rights in the 20th century and questions its ability to tackle the challenges of the neoliberal... Read More →
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Dena Freeman

Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
Dena Freeman is a political anthropologist whose work focuses on globalization, development, inequality and democracy.  He current project focuses on the politics of global policy making regarding the regulation of transnational corporations. She has carried out ethnographic research... Read More →
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Sacha Llorenti

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the UN
H.E. Sacha Sergio Llorenti, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the UN. Prior to taking up his position in New York, Ambassador Lorenti served as Minister for Government, Deputy Minister for Coordination with Social Movements, President of the Permanent Assembly... Read More →
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Victoria Hattam

Professor of Politics, Schools of Public Engagement
Victoria Hattam is Professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research. Her research focuses on American political thought and culture, American political economy, and American political development... Read More →
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Anne McNevin

Associate Professor of Politics, The New School for Social Research
My teaching and research begins with enduring political questions about sovereignty, citizenship and political community. I am interested in the transformation of these things in relation to displacement, mobility, borders, and the global governance of migration. I also have interests... Read More →
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Alexandra Delano

Associate Professor of Global Studies; Chair and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Global Studies
Alexandra Délano Alonso is Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at The New School and the current holder of the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She received her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Her... Read More →
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Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is the Director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs and Professor of International Affairs at The New School. Her teaching and research have focused on human rights and development, global health, and global goal setting and governance by indicators. From 1995 to 2004, she was lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development R... Read More →
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Michael Cohen

Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policy
Michael Cohen (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Director of the PhD in Public and Urban Policy program at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, and professor of international affairs at the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.Before coming to The New School in 2001, he was a Visiting Fellow of the International Center for Advanced Studies at New York University. From 1972 to 1999, he had a distinguished career at the World Bank. He was responsible for much of the urban policy development of the Bank o... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Amphitheater - A404