Today's digital technologies are radically transforming our interaction with texts. Some are predicting that printed books and physical libraries may soon become artifacts of the past. Researchers are just beginning to study the effects that e-readers and other digital media are having on our reading habits and even the hardwiring in our brains. In this series, we will have an opportunity to consider the impact that these changes might have on literacy and the future of libraries. At the same time, we will use this series as an occasion to celebrate books. So, in addition to five keynote presentations on the major course themes, this series will also feature over 20 short presentations on favorite books by members of the Union University community. We will celebrate good reading, while thinking together about the future of literacy, libraries and books.
These sessions will meet five times on Tuesday evenings: February 10, 17 & 24, March 3 & 10 (all meetings from 6–9 p.m.); Providence Hall Room 160 | Featured speakers: 7–8 p.m. | "Favorite books" from faculty and staff: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
These sessions will meet five times on Thursday evenings: April 9, 16, 23 & 30, May 7 (all meetings from 6–9 p.m.); Harvey Auditorium