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IOP Pritzker Fellow Tom Perriello Seminar Series


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IOP Pritzker Fellow Tom Perriello Seminar Series:
“Domestic and Global Challenges Only the Next Generation Can Solve”

This still-young century is a paradox of unprecedented progress – reduction of extreme poverty, illiteracy and disease – comingled with violent reactionary forces of weaponized hate, regional conflict, and planetary degradation. The post-Cold War “End of History” has given way to the Era of Great Disruption in which notions like the rule of law and pluralism have become contested by the resurgence of “might makes right” and weaponized tribalism across the globe. The promise of shared prosperity has become a reality of unprecedented inequality and jobless growth. Automation, technology, and artificial intelligence may lead to human flourishing but also possibly an economic crisis that dwarfs the pain of the Industrial Revolution or Great Depression. Today’s students will graduate at a moment of inflection that could either produce a breakdown or breakthrough at a massive scale, and they can choose to be determinative of which outcome the country and globe will face. In these seminars, we will review case studies and creative solutions that address some of the complex forces – on the domestic and global fronts – that could determine whether we break down or break through. We will work to identify lessons from past experience and investigate how Global Gen Z – the most internationally integrated, diverse and empowered generation in human history – may be in a unique position to create, demand and implement solutions to these challenges.


This venue is physically accessible and has gender-neutral restrooms. Please contact the Institute of Politics at politics@uchicago.edu or 773-834-4671 with any questions or accommodation requests.