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Common Reading Lecture to Address Impact of Technology

Published on September 2, 2013

Brian Christian, author of “The Most Human Human," will present Susquehanna University’s annual Common Reading Lecture on Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium.Brian Christian

In keeping with this year’s university theme, “Technology in Our Lives,” Christian will address how computers are reshaping societal notions of what it means to be human.

The Common Reading Program at Susquehanna University is an effort to create a shared intellectual point of engagement for first-year students. These students are asked to read a common text that will then be explored in a variety of ways during their first semester on campus, including Welcome Week. The overall goal is to introduce students to life in a community of learners where all are engaged in discussion and reflection on texts and ideas.

One of the entries in this year’s common reading text is a selection from Christian’s book, “The Most Human Human,” which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a New Yorker magazine favorite book of 2011.

Christian’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Guardian, The Paris Review and Best New Poets, as well as in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science.

He has been featured on “The Charlie Rose Show” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and has lectured at Google, Microsoft, the Santa Fe Institute and the London School of Economics. He holds degrees in philosophy, computer science and poetry from Brown University and the University of Washington.

The event is free and open to the public.

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