Pulitzer Prize finalist Nicholas Carr will give the lecture “An Invitation to Learning: The Mind and the Internet” at the Luther College Spring Convocation at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. For those unable to attend, the convocation lecture will be streamed live online at: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/lutheradmin.portal#.
Carr will also give the Farwell Distinguished Lecture “Is Google Making Us Stupid? How Technology Shapes Our Thoughts” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Both events, held in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall, are open to the public with no charge for admission.
A book signing will be held in the Center for Faith and Life lobby area following the evening lecture.
In addition to the two lectures, Carr will meet with and hold workshops for Luther students, faculty and staff. His two-day visit is funded by the Farwell Distinguished Lecture Endowment and presented by the Campus Programming office in partnership with Luther’s Center for Ethics and Public Life.
Carr’s most recent book, “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His books, including “The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google” and “Does IT Matter?” have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Carr writes about technology, culture and economics in his popular blog Rough Type. He served as a columnist for The Guardian in London, and has written pieces for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New Republic and several other well-known journals and publications.
His essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” has been the topic of several Internet debates and was collected in varied anthologies, including “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009,” “The Best Spiritual Writing 2010″ and “The Best Technology Writing 2009.”
Carr is a former member of the Encyclopedia Britannica editorial board of advisors, was on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project, and was a writer-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University.