By Edwin Smith/University of Mississippi
OXFORD – As futurists continue to make their predictions, Dean Copeland challenged University of Mississippi students to consider the current trends that have global effects and their implications for the world 50 years from now.
Through a bi-weekly seminar, the retired corporate lawyer and executive gave students at his alma mater a rare opportunity to learn from his professional and personal experiences. His “Trends and Effects of Globalization in the 21st Century” seminar series recently wrapped for the spring.
“If I can pass my knowledge and experience on in a practical way, that is meaningful to me,” Copeland said. “I’ve never been more excited about teaching anything because of the dynamic effect and rapid changes globalization is having – some positive and some negative.”
The six-session course was offered after UM College of Liberal Arts officials asked him to lead the Public Policy Leadership 221 class. Texts covered during the course included “The Next Decade: Where We’ve Been … Where We’re Going” and “The Next Hundred Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century,” both by George Friedman. Students were graded on the Z/F scale and received one credit hour.
Enrolled were Adam Blackwell of Natchez; Brett Bobe of Vincennes, Ind.; Morgan Carter of Pascagoula; Emily Corban of Tupelo; Zachary Huffman of Woodland; Vinod Kannuthurai of Hazelhurst; Evan Kirkham of Houston, Texas; Emily Lovejoy of Lexington, Ky.; August Maples of Lucedale; Hunter Nicholson of Brandon and Brent Webber of Wheaton, Ill.