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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Planning and Predicting the Future
An Undergraduate Supper with
Matthew Connelly, Historian from Columbia University

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
Harlos House (1331 E. Tenth St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below.

My work seeks to offer new, more productive ways to think about the history—and the future—of world politics. My current research is on planning and predictions, especially for planetary threats like nuclear war and pandemics. —Matthew Connelly

As a historian at Columbia University, Matthew Connelly has found that "recent events are supposed to have taught us to doubt whether the past provides any guide to the future"; but he argues in response that those who fail to learn about the past "will eventually become disoriented, trying to find their way without a map or a compass." To counter this growing ideology, Connelly has been working with computer scientists and statisticians to analyze historical information, including the indeterminate amount that is classified [by the government], and to work towards bridging the gap between history and the future of world politics.

Among Connelly's writings are Fatal Misconception, a book about the disastrous consequences of efforts to control world population (what he has termed "planning other people's families"), and A Diplomatic Revolution, which traces the origins of what some see as a "clash of civilizations" to Algeria's fight to for independence from France. He has also written about biopolitics, global migration, public health, the politics of environmental change and international security, and many other provocative topics. His courses at Columbia include Hacking the Archive, The End of Empires, The Future of History, and Race and Ethnicity in international Relations. Join Matthew Connelly for supper and an informal conversation about his work and the things that interest you most, whether WikiLeaks, the "population bomb," or the perceived "clash of civilizations between the West and the whole Islamic world."

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this undergraduate program, please e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Connelly" supper and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. This program is open to any IU undergraduate through this sign-up process; but space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. The program is co-sponsored by the Hutton Honors College and the Wells Scholars Program.

Connelly will also deliver a public lecture in the IMU State Room East on "The History and Future of Official Secrecy: The Last Frontier of the State Sovereignty" on Thursday, March 21, 4-5:30 p.m. He will be visiting the campus as a Visiting Scholar for the Framing the Global Project of the Center for the Study of Global Change and the Indiana University Press. The lecture is part of the Global Perspectives Speaker Series of the School of Global and International Studies.

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