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Global Spotlight Series will feature faculty prognostications

Western Carolina University will host a Global Spotlight Series event on global prognostications by faculty Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Forsyth Building.

“Six Fearless Professors Predict the Future” will look at social, economic, climate, government and other issues from a contemporary viewpoint of possibilities in years to come.

The presentation, a DegreePlus event for students, is free and open to the public. The topics and WCU presenters scheduled for the discussion:

  • “The Future of U.S. and Latin American Relations: Inevitable Dissolution,” by Oliver Horn, history instructor.
  • “An ‘If, Then’ Global Economic Outlook,” by Edward Lopez, professor of economics.
  • “Fear, Desire and the Global Future of Religion,” by Michelle J. Sorensen, assistant professor of philosophy and religion.
  • “Moore’s Law, Quantum Computing and the Singularity,” by Mark Holliday, professor of computer science.
  • “Weathering the Storm: Consequences of Climate Change,” by Blair Tormey, coastal research scientist.
  • “Nuclear Apocalypse: If Not Now, When,” by Niall Michelsen, associate professor of political science and public affairs.

The event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and is part of an ongoing series of panel discussions on national and international issues. For more information, contact Jen Schiff at 828-227-3860 or

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