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Dr. Michael Eisenberg talks technology to kick off spring lecture series

February  28, 2012

Dr. Michael Eisenberg

Dr. Michael Eisenberg will speak at Augustana College on Thursday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave). During this free, public lecture, Dr. Eisenberg will offer advice on how to survive in an advancing technological world, discuss the benefits of research education and provide insights on how people can best prepare themselves for the future.

His lecture is titled “Are you experienced? Do you have what it takes to thrive in the Information Age?”

Dr. Eisenberg is dean emeritus and a professor at University of Washington’s Information School. He is the co-developer of the Big6 Model, a widely used approach for teaching information technology skills across the globe.

Dr. Eisenberg conducts research, writes, consults and lectures frequently on information literacy, information management in learning and teaching, and information and library education. He earned his master’s from State University of New York at Albany and his doctorate in information transfer from the School of Information at Syracuse University.

His personal motto – “Make it better” – showcases Dr. Eisenberg’s enthusiasm and attitude for success. His life’s work is about helping people recognize and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the information age.

“Accessing and using information effectively and efficiently is one of the greatest challenges people face today,” said Connie Ghinazzi, reference librarian and instructor. “At Augustana, we think it is beneficial to bring an expert, like Mike Eisenberg, to campus to help us improve our skills.”

Dr. Eisenberg kicks off the spring term’s Convocation series and is followed by these speakers:

Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, on March 22. In connection with the college’s White Privilege Summit, Morial will discuss closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks as well as rich and poor Americans. His lecture is titled “Exploring Economic Inequality.”

Gene Robinson, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, on March 29. Robinson writes and speaks about full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender people. Working at the state, national and international levels, he has spoken and lobbied for equal protection under the law and full civil marriage rights. Robinson’s lecture is titled “Being Gay & Religious: Mission Impossible?”

Gwendolyn Oxenham, filmmaker and star in the documentary Palada, on April 12. The youngest Division I athlete in the history of the NCAA, Oxenham knows from traveling to 25 countries that sports, especially soccer, can break down barriers and strengthen relationships. Her lecture is titled “Two players. 25 countries. One game. It is Pelada.”

Ken Anderson, Augustana alumnus and former NFL quarterback, on April 19. Since his college days, Anderson was drafted into the NFL by the Cincinnati Bengals, 67th overall in the 1971 draft. He played for the Bengals for his entire 15-year football career. During those 15 years, he was selected to play in four pro bowl games, and he led the league in passing in 1974 and 1975. Anderson’s lecture is titled “My Career As I Remember It.”

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu