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Speaker to Explain Global Population Trends

October 20, 2010 — "Global Population Trends and How They Shape Our Future Well-Being" is the subject of a talk by George Mason University Public Policy Professor Jack A. Goldstone Monday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. in Room 133 of the University of Wyoming Classroom Building.

The UW Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program sponsors the talk that will cover the following questions: What are the major trends in global population with regard to aging, labor force, urbanization and religious affiliations? How much do they simply continue conditions in the recent past, versus marking new conditions that require major adjustments? How will these trends affect economic growth, security, state finances and globalization in various regions of the world? How much does demography let us identify the future?

Goldstone has been a consultant for the U.S. State Department, FBI and Agency for International Development, helping devise measures and strategies to cope with failing and failed states. He also led a National Academy of Sciences study of U.S. democracy assistance programs and ways to evaluate their impact.

His essay, "The New Population Bomb: Four Mega-Trends That Will Change the World," led off the January/February 2010 issue of Foreign Affairs.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 colleges and universities, and over 600,000 members.

For more information contact Lisa Muller at or (307) 766-2894 or visit the Web site at

Jack A. Goldstone, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, will speak Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in Room 133 of the UW Classroom Building.

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