Global Trends that are Shaping Wisconsin’s Future – the Importance of Open Minds and Open Doors

Event details

  • June 26, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211

Claudena SkranWisconsin faces a number of important challenges in the global economy.  Fifty years ago, the state was located in the center of the world’s largest and most successful manufacturing economy.  Today, Wisconsin is far from the growing economic centers in Asia and Latin America. In this talk, Dr. Claudena Skran, West Professor of Economics and Social Science at Lawrence University, will explore how global trends in trade, technology, and social movements are shaping our state.  Her talk will highlight strategies that would help Wisconsin navigate in the global economy, including creation of a more welcoming and open culture.

Professor Claudena Skran teaches African politics and international relations at Lawrence University.  An Appleton resident since 1990, she first went to Sierra Leone as a Fulbright scholar to study humanitarian assistance project for refugees in 2005. The author of a United Nations report on refugees in Sierra Leone, Prof. Skran has taken over 60 students to the country as volunteers and researchers since then.  She is also the founder of Kidsgive, a scholarship program for children in Sierra Leone.

Music: Ellen Shahbazi
Service Leader: Donna Johnson