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Educating students on 7 global trends subject of institute

Seven global trends that are the greatest drivers of change in the next 25 years and how college undergraduates will study them are topics of a national workshop Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, at California State University, Fresno.

The “7 Revolutions Institute: Educating Globally Competent Citizens” will bring together faculty and university administrators from throughout the United States, said Fresno State psychology professor Martin Shapiro, one of the organizers. Events will be held in the University Business Center of the Peters Business Building.

Workshop participants will explore these key contributors to a rapidly changing world:

  • Population
  • Resource management and environmental stewardship
  • Technological innovation and diffusion
  • The development and dissemination of information and knowledge
  • Economic integration
  • The nature and mode of conflict and security
  • The challenge of governance

Paula Landis, chief of the California Department of Water Resources’ Division of Integrated Water Management, will keynote the workshop with a presentation on educating students about California water issues.

The 7 Revolutions initiative is a partnership between the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an international policy center in Washington, D.C.; the New York Times; and eight member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Fresno State is one of the university participants.

The goal of the initiative is to translate the revolutions identified by the center into curricular and co-curricular programs for undergraduates, producing strategies, materials and programs to develop globally competent citizens.

For more information, contact Shapiro at

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