If you are in the Boston area and are free on the evening of September 20th, then this looks like an interesting presentation at Harvard. If not, they will tape the talk, and probably post it to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society YouTube channel once it is ready for public consumption.
“NOW YOU SEE IT: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn” by Cathy Davidson, Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University and co-founder of HASTAC
Tuesday, September 20, 6:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public; RSVP required for those attending in person
When Duke University gave free iPods to the freshman class in 2003, critics called it a waste of money. Yet when students found academic uses for the brand new music devices in virtually every discipline, the iPod experiment proved to be a classic example of the power of disruption – a way of refocusing attention to illuminate unseen possibilities. Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at the time of the iPod experiment, Cathy N. Davidson sees this kind of innovation as the heart of a new way of collaborative, interactive learning ideal for students facing a changing, global future. Using cutting-edge research on the brain and learning, she shows how the phenomenon of “attention blindness” shapes our lives, and how it has led to one of the greatest problems of our historical moment: Although we email, blog, tweet, and text as if by instinct, too many of us toil in schools and workplaces designed for the last century, not the one in which we live.