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Video: 'Are We Living Bradbury's vision?'

September  02, 2011

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Authors Marc Prensky
and Mark Bauerlein debate

This Augie Reads convocation Sept. 1, 2011, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, explored the questions surrounding technology and its impact on social relationships and interactions today.

Authors Marc Prensky and Mark Bauerlein have very different views on technology and social relationships. They explored the issues raised by Bradbury almost 60 years ago.

Marc Prensky is a speaker, writer, consultant, game designer, and author in the field of education and learning. He holds degrees from Oberlin, Middlebury, Yale and Harvard, and has taught at all levels from elementary to college. He is the author of three books: Digital Game-Based Learning, Don’t Bother Me Mom – I’m Learning and Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning.

Marc Prensky, left, and Mark Bauerlein

Mark Bauerlein earned his doctorate in English at UCLA in 1988. He has taught at Emory since 1989, with a break in 2003-05 to serve as the director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. He has published many academic books and articles on American literature, history, and philosophy. His latest book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30 was published in May 2008.

Augustana College convocations are held from 10:30-11:20 a.m. on selected Thursdays in Centennial Hall. They are free and open to the public as well as the campus community. For more information regarding convocations, contact Connie Ghinazzi.