The Impact of Technology - Nationally and in the Liberal Arts

Join us for a moderated conversation with Farhad Manjoo, State of the Art Columnist for the New York Times and Nick Carr, journalist, author and renowned critic of technology. The forum will examine the ways in which technology impacts the academic world of liberal arts and the nation as a whole. Moderated by James Nolan, Washington Gladden 1859 Professor of Sociology.

Farhad Manjoo is a leading and influential Silicon Valley voice and a technology columnist for The New York Times. He reviews the latest devices and innovations in addition to a wide variety of tech-related topics including the emergence of new media, Silicon Valley and start-up culture, and the ways in which politics, society, and business are being shaped by the rapid emergence of new technologies. Formerly a columnist with The Wall Street Journal and Slate and a tech news writer for Wired, Manjoo has been covering technology since the last dot-com boom, closely following the rise and occasional fall of the sector’s biggest names. 

Nick Carr is a compelling writer and speaker whose work focuses on the intersection of technology and culture. A journalist by trade, he is the author of the acclaimed book The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us (2014), which examines the personal and social consequences of our ever-growing dependency on computers, robots, and apps. His previous work, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (2010), was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book, Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016) uses a collection of Carr’s seminal essays to further explore the Internet’s impact on society.

Sponsored by the Class of '71 Public Affairs Forum, the Cohan Family Forum Fund, the James MacGregor Burns Distinguished Lecture Series, the Thomas B. Healy ’50 Fund and the Lecture Committee.

Thursday, October 19 at 7:00pm

Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center

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