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SPARC Festival Keynote Speaker

Christine RosenChristine Rosen
Technology and the Good Samaritan

Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in Knott Auditorium

How does our use of technology change the way we treat each other? In an age of social media, where every moment and image can be shared, every experience documented and tweeted and posted online, we can easily feel as if we are in closer contact with each other than any era in history, and in many ways we are.

But do our mediated connections with our own digital communities sometimes lead us to neglect the flesh-and-blood people around us? How does our constant engagement with our technologies undermine our awareness of others and our sense of duty to others in public space-- from strangers on the street to people in our neighborhoods and communities? Are we at risk of losing the crucially important experience of face-to-face interactions in our public and private lives and, if so, what can we do to revive those experiences?


Christine Rosen is a senior editor of The New Atlantis, where she writes about the social and cultural impact of technology, as well as bioethics and the history of genetics. As a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation, she is working on her forthcoming book The Extinction of Experience, to be published by W. W. Norton in 2015.

Ms. Rosen's past books have included Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement, a history of the ethical and religious debates surrounding the eugenics movement in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2004), and My Fundamentalist Education, the story of a Christian fundamentalist school in Florida (PublicAffairs, 2005). She is also the co-editor (with Naomi Schaefer Riley) of Acculturated (Templeton, 2011), a book of essays on pop culture and virtue.

Ms. Rosen's essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The American Historical Review, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Commentary. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Emory University and is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Jeffrey, and their children.


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