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Visiting Writers Series Author to Answer the Question – “Is Google making us stupid?”

Mon Sep 10 2012

The next speaker in the Lenoir-Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series is Nicholas “Nick” Carr, author of the influential book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Carr will appear on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on Thursday, September 27th at 7:00 pm. On Friday, September 28, he will travel to the LRU Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville to speak at 7:00 pm at the AB-Tech Ferguson Auditorium. The events are free and open to the public—no tickets or reservations required.

In his book, Carr asks the question, “Is Google making us stupid?” When he posed that question in a celebrated Atlantic essay, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time. As we enjoy the internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to Mcluhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic – a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence.

The Shallows was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction and a finalist for the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award. An international best-seller, The Shallows has been published in 23 different languages. Carr is also the author of two more provocative books, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008) and Does IT Matter? (2004). Carr has been a columnist for The Guardian in London and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, The New Republic, The Financial Times, and other periodicals.

He writes a popular blog called Rough Type and has been the writer-in-residence at the University of California, Berkley. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.

For almost three decades the Series has brought world-renowned authors to campus to discuss and read from their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. The Visiting Writers Series is free to the public thanks to the support of sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Crowne Plaza, NC Arts Council, Our State Magazine, Patrick Beaver Library, Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center, United Arts Council of Catawba County, WDAV 88.9fm, and WFAE 90.3fm.

For additional information on each author and on the entire Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University, go to http://visitingwriters.lr.edu or call 828-328-7077. Additional information on Carr can be found at: www.nicholasgcarr.com and www.roughtype.com.

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