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“Our Love-Affair with Technology: Some (Inconvenient) Truths”

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
7 p.m.
Byron L. Walter Theatre, Abbott Pennings Hall of Fine Arts

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The Killeen Chair of Theology and Philosophy is very pleased to kick off this year’s lecture series, “Community and Technology,” by welcoming Carol Bruess, PhD to the Walter Theatre. Dr. Bruess is professor emerita at the University of St. Thomas and holds a PhD in Interpersonal Communications from Ohio University. A St. Norbert College alumna, she is also the author and editor of a number of books on communication, happiness, relationships and digital media, most recently Family Communication in an Age of Digital and Social Media (New York/London: Peter Lang International, 2015).

Now that social scientists from multiple disciplines can present solid evidence about the ways digital and social media are affecting and changing nearly every aspect of human interaction, our questions about that new reality are only beginning. Dr. Bruess will invite us to consider the current state of the data on our relationship to technology with an eye toward two particular questions: Is our relationship with technology enhancing and improving us, our communities, and our relationships to each other? Or, is it causing serious disruptions and disintegrations, many of which we are yet to fully realize, name, and understand? Using current research on the “digital age self,” she will challenge every attendee to critically assess and mindfully contemplate their own daily tech-choices.

It is the mission of the Killeen Chair lecture series to invite speakers to campus who will help our community articulate a shared theological and philosophical foundation as we think through big issues. We are confident that Dr. Bruess’ lecture will be both illuminating and engaging, and will encourage broad participation in this important conversation about technology.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required for this event.

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