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Futurist Lecturer —
Jim Dator, Ph.D.


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James Dator, Ph.D., founded the Institute for Alternative Futures in 1977 with Alvin Toffler and Clement Bezold. In 1966 he taught the first course in any U.S. university on the future. He is currently Professor, and Head of the Alternative Futures Graduate Option, Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaii and Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies.

He is a global leader in the futures field, having served as the Secretary General and the President of the World Futures Studies Federation. He has lectured and conducted futures workshops with several thousand general, professional, governmental, business, as well as futurist, audiences throughout the United States and Canada, and in Australia, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea (North and South), Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Yugoslavia.

As a futurist Dr. Dator has worked in several major topical areas including the media, government, space exploration and travel, and the judiciary. Dr. Dator and his students and graduates have pioneered the field of judicial futures. This has included major projects in Hawaii, as well as working with the judiciaries in over 20 states in the U.S. as well as in the Federated States of Micronesia, and especially the State of Pohnpei. Prof. Dator has also consulted extensively with other governmental, military, business, educational, religious, and especially many nonprofit, public-interest organizations worldwide. He is editor or editorial board member of the following journals: Foresight; Futures; Futures Research Quarterly; On the Horizon; The Manoa Journal of Fried and Half-Fried Ideas (....about the future); Police Futurist; Technological Forecasting and Social Change; and the World Futures Studies Federation Newsletter (Editor-in-chief for seven years).

Dr. Dator’s studies include a BA, Cum Laude, in Ancient and Medieval History and Philosophy from Stetson University; an MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania; and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the American University. Before coming to the University of Hawaii in 1969, Dr. Dator taught at Rikkyo University (in Tokyo, Japan), Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Maryland. He also served as the Head of the Futures Project of TV Ontario and Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto.

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