This Thursday, January 26th, humanities scholar and Duke professor Cathy Davidson will be giving a talk here at Dartmouth, at Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall at 5pm. She’ll be discussing her latest book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.
According to Davidson, “distraction is your friend.” Our brains aren’t linear, and disruptions can be welcomed. Within the midst of immense technological change, Davidson emphasizes the synergy of collaboration by difference. Collaborative digital learning and distributed multitasking become essential for 21st century learning. She advocates for re-envisioning our Industrial-age institutions, a crucial update necessary for a new world of constant connectedness, information overload, and global collaboration.
Davidson has served as the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, where she created programs like Program in Information Science + Information Studies and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.
Davidson is also the co-founder of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory), a virtual network of individuals and institutions inspired by the collaborative potential of new technologies. HASTAC administers the $2 million annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition, which worked with the Mozilla Foundation to launch 2011’s “Badges for Lifelong Learning” Competition that aimed to innovate connected learning.