Posts for Global Awareness

AI and the Future of Human Decision Making: Winter is coming! Is it though?

By Dr. Pooya Tabesh—Will we lose our jobs to an army of intelligent machines? Will artificial intelligence (AI) systems advance to the point that human decision making becomes obsolete? Should we get prepared to defend ourselves against killer robots? Is

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Trade for Texas: Strength in North America 

By Dr. Beverly Barrett –This spring, within two weeks, the United Kingdom has requested two extensions to determine the country’s way forward in relationship to the European Union (EU), regarding “Brexit.”  Since the British popular referendum nearly three years ago,

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Why Should we Read the Encyclicals?

By Mayra Addison—During the first class of my course “Energy & Environment: A Sustainable Approach” we go over the syllabus and main topics…. and then we reach the part when I say “we will study two Papal Encyclicals.” After more

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The Knowledge Economy and the Globalization of Higher Education

By Dr. Beverly Barrett—  Nearly two decades into the new millennium, the pace of technological change behind globalization continues to advance exponentially.  This rapid technological progress has, in turn, necessitated the internationalization of higher education with emphasis on the development

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Liberal Arts in a Business Curriculum: “Humbug!” or “Hmmm . . .”?

By Dr. Samuel B. Condic—While there is a general acknowledgment that the liberal arts can contribute to the practice of business, the contribution is typically seen exclusively in terms of utility.  For example, my business school colleagues observe that undergraduates

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Canadian Crude Oil Blends

By Ali Oktay—Canadian crude oil blends are trading at steep discounts due to pipeline constraints. Let’s start with basics. In the chart below, you can see the different benchmark crudes lined up according to their API gravities. Canada is a

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An Economic Explanation for Why Donald Trump Won the 2016 Presidential Election

By Dr. Pierre Canac – With real GDP growing at 3.2% during the third quarter of 2016 while unemployment was running at 4.6% in November and 178,000 jobs were created during the month, we could have expected that the voters

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Friendship Ambassador Award Gala: US – China People’s Friendship Association

By Dayuan Peter Liu – On Friday October 28, 2016, at the Kim Son Downtown Ballroom, the US-China People’s Friendship Association (USCPFA) Houston Chapter hosted the 10th Annual Friendship Ambassador Award Gala. The University of St. Thomas is a Silver

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Insight from Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers: Global Perspectives Speaker

By Jeffrey Coburn—On September 27, 2016, the Federal Reserve of Dallas, Texas, held its Global Perspectives Speaker Series, featuring Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers. I was interested in going to the event because I want to learn more about

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15 Days in Cuba: A Unique Study Abroad Experience

By Barbara Bordon –After the relaxing of the US embargo to Cuba in 2016, the island has received a considerable number of US travelers. The University of St. Thomas organized a study abroad trip to Cuba in August, and there

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