Mar 14, 2018

“The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains” Author Closes 2018 Honors Symposium

The final lecture in Flathead Valley Community College’s 2018 Honor Symposium will feature New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Nicholas Carr, a compelling writer and speaker whose work focuses on the intersection of technology and culture.  Carr will discuss “Computers, Automation and the Human Future” on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Carr will offer a lively and provocative examination of how digital technologies are shaping our jobs, lives and society. Drawing on examples ranging from doctors’ offices to airplane cockpits to the most recent presidential campaign, Carr will argue that prevailing software and systems design philosophies erode skills, diminish contextual and critical thinking and create a culture of distraction and dependency. He will make the case that only by shifting our assumptions about technology and its personal and social consequences will we be able to forge a future fit for human beings rather than robots.

A journalist by trade, Carr is the author of the acclaimed book “The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us,” which examines the personal and social consequences of our ever-growing dependency on computers, robots and apps. His previous work, “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book, “Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations,” uses a collection of Carr’s seminal essays to further explore the internet’s impact on society.

Carr has written for The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Wired, Nature, and MIT Technology Review, among other publications. His essays, including “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and “The Great Forgetting,” have been featured in several anthologies.

The Honors Symposium continues a tradition of bringing thoughtful public discussion regarding current hot-topic issues to the Flathead Valley and is funded in part by Humanities Montana, the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni and Friends, and the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund.

For more information, visit or call symposium organizer Dr. Gerda Reeb at (406)756-3889.