July 6, 2006
Dr. David Chobar, associate professor of education at Morningside College, will present “The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be: A Required College Class” at the World Future Society’s (WFS) annual conference “WorldFuture 2006: Creating Global Strategies for Humanity’s Future” to be held July 28-30 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Chobar’s presentation will include explanation of a Morningside College “Communication and Composition” course that studies the future, including historical notions of what the future would be like dating from the years 1900 to 1950, from 1950 to 2000, and from 2000 and beyond, as well as a wide variety of topics related to a student’s personal future.
Chobar was also selected to serve on a new WFS steering committee whose purpose is to develop an education section for the organization.
Based in Washington, D.C., the WFS is an association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. The organization acts as a neutral forum and clearinghouse for information and ideas about current trends and possible future developments. Organized in 1966 as a nonprofit educational and scientific association, the WFS is independent and nonpartisan and includes 25,000 members in more than 80 countries. Previous attendees to the annual conference have included former President Gerald Ford, former Vice President Al Gore, and feminist author Betty Friedan.
Chobar has been at Morningside since 2004, where he teaches secondary education and supervises student teachers. His research interests include legal, ethical, and pedagogical issues in teaching, secondary education issues, the changing role of education in the community, and the potential deterioration of college course requirements for teachers.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, a master’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and a doctorate in adult education from Kansas State University in Manhattan.