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Please join us Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 PM for a virtual conversation with Sherry Turkle, the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, as she participates in an exclusive event for the UNO community.
In conversation with Dr. Erin Bass, a James R. Schumacher Chair of Ethics at UNO, Dr. Turkle will consider the emotional and ethical consequences of our reliance on digital technology during the COVID-19 Pandemic. That this pandemic, an enormous disruption to customary social practice, hasn’t completely undone “normal life” is largely due to the technological advances of the last quarter-century. Yet what happens next? Once it becomes safe enough to shorten social distances, will people go back to the way things were, or has the pandemic forever altered the content and form of “conventional” social interaction? And, if so, at what cost?
Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Professor Turkle writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers. She is the author of six books, including Alone Together and the New York Times bestseller Reclaiming Conversation, as well as the editor of three collections. A Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year, a TED speaker, and featured media commentator, she is a recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Humanities fellowships and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her forthcoming book, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir, available March 2, 2021, ties together her personal story with her groundbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics.