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Author Talk: Cathy Davidson, Aug. 31

Duke professor will discuss and sign copies of her new book "Now You See It"
Photo by Chris Hildreth, Duke Photography

When: Wednesday, August 31, 4:00 PM
Where: Rare Book Room, Perkins Library

Using cutting-edge research on the brain, Cathy Davidson's new book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking, 2011), shows how "attention blindness" has produced one of our society's greatest challenges. While we all acknowledge the great changes of the information age, most of us still toil in schools and workplaces designed for the last century. Our institutions haven't kept pace.

Weaving together elements of neuroscience, psychology, learning theory, management science, and more, Davidson introduces us to visionaries whose groundbreaking ideas (from schools with curriculums built around video games to companies that train workers using virtual environments) will open the doors to new ways of working and learning. Now You See It offers a refreshingly optimistic argument for a bold embrace of our connected, collaborative future.

Reception to follow. Copies of the book will be available for sale. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Author: Cathy Davidson is the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke. She is also the co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC, pronounced "haystack") and a member of the National Council on the Humanities. For more information, visit her website.

Sponsored by Duke University Libraries, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and HASTAC.

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Posted 4 August 2011

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