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Pardee Institute for International Futures

April 19th, 2024

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   The Pardee Center for International Futures is honored to be one of just six organized research units across the University of Denver formally designated as a DU research institute this academic year. Not only does this designation formally recognize the far-reaching scope and scale of our impact in research and scholarship in the DU community and beyond, it also effectively opens additional doors for opportunities to grow and expand our reach. The criteria for the designation include a three-to five-year annual average of research expenditures sources exceeding $1,500,000 annually in sponsored research awards, as well as contributions to the fabric of the University through faculty and student involvement.

    With this new DU-designation, we announce that we are changing our name to the Frederick S. Pardee Institute for International Futures, effective April 19, 2024. The Pardee Institute will host a celebration event on June 7th to officially mark the occasion. Details to follow on our website.

    “It means so much to have our work recognized in this way by our home institution,” notes Assistant Professor Jonathan Moyer, who has been the Pardee Center Director since 2016. "Our journey began over 40 years ago when Barry Hughes began developing the International Futures (IFs) computer simulation as an educational tool to help people think about long-term global futures. We were helped immensely by a series of generous gifts from Frederick S. Pardee and his estate that provided resources to establish the Center within the Josef Korbel School for International Studies, allowed further development and use of IFs, and expanded the breadth, depth, and impact of our body of work.”

    On the foundation provided by Fred’s gift and Barry’s vision, the Center has grown not just in size, but also has expanded its reach, using IFs and other tools to add to knowledge to improve the human condition and to help policymakers explore the possible consequences, nationally and globally, of varying policy strategies.

    “It’s wonderful that we’ve arrived at this point,” says Jonathan. “This recognition is the result of the hard work and commitment of so many people and so many things coming together. I hope the upcoming formal name change to the Pardee Institute for International Futures will remind us of all we’ve accomplished and spur us to further development and new achievements."

Learn more about our new designation here.

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