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Business Council Fall Forum Speaker to Address Modern Technologies and Impact on Users

Fri Sep 14 2012

HICKORY, N.C. — Author Nicholas Carr will be the guest speaker at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Business Council Fall Forum on Sept. 28. Carr writes about technology, culture, and economics. University president, Dr. Wayne Powell and the LRU Business Council Board of Directors, will host this event. Carr will speak at a luncheon scheduled for 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Lake Hickory Country Club. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Carr’s most recent book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominee and a New York Times bestseller. Carr is also the author of two other influential books, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008) and Does IT Matter? (2004). His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Carr has been a columnist for The Guardian in London and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Times of London, The New Republic, The Financial Times, Die Zeit and other periodicals. His essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” has been collected in several anthologies, including The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009, The Best Spiritual Writing 2010, and The Best Technology Writing 2009.

Carr is a member of the Encyclopedia Britannica‘s editorial board of advisors, is on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project, and writes the popular blog Rough Type. He has been a writer-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a sought-after speaker for academic and corporate events. Earlier in his career, he was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A., in English and American Literature and Language, from Harvard University.

While in Hickory, Carr will also be the featured speaker at the LR Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00pm in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. Following the Business Council Fall Forum, Carr will travel to Asheville to speak at 7:00pm with the Visiting Writers Series in conjunction with the LRU Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville at the AB-Tech Ferguson Auditorium. Both events with the Visiting Writers Series are free and open to the public—no tickets or reservations required.

Tickets for the Business Council Fall Forum event are $30 each for members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Business Council and $40 each for non-members. A table for eight is $225. To reserve your tickets, contact Leeanne Kale at or call 828-328-7321 by September 26.



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