The University of New Mexico International Studies Institute presents the fall 2014 lecture series “Modern Societies in Crisis: Global Challenges and Solutions,” Oct. 13-27. The lectures are free and open to the public.

During the last five years, we have witnessed unprecedented upheavals that have pitted the principles of democracy, multiculturalism and respect for human dignity against often intransigent political and religious positions. Concurrently, the economic crisis affecting several countries within the European Union has caused increased unrest within and beyond the EU.

Speakers will address the crisis of modernity from the local to the multi-national levels, comparing developments around the world, and examining problems and proposed solutions. The lecture series will enhance the community's understanding of current political and economic upheavals and their effects on New Mexico and the Southwest.

The series kicks off with Daniel Worden, associate professor in the UNM English Department, presenting “Thinking Beyond Oil: Futurity, Blood, and Dependency," Monday, Oct. 13, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Education building, room 103.

From 5:30 – 7 p.m., Thomas Daniel Moritz from University of the West looks at "The Burden of Proof -- Nurturing Public Reason in Responding to Climate Change," also in the Education building, room 103.

For a schedule of the entire two week program and conference updates, visit ISI.

The program is made possible by the UNM Office of the Provost; College of Arts and Sciences; University College; Feminist Research Institute; Department of History and Peace Studies Program, and by grants from the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence; the European Union New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, contact ISI Director Eleni Bastéa at  or contact the ISI office at (505) 277-1991.