Cathy Davidson: "Now You See It: How the Science of Attention Can Help Us Succeed in a World of Distractions."

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 7:00pm


On Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 pm in the John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240, Cathy Davidson is presenting a seminar for the University Scholars Program.   The talk is part of their ongoing seminar series and as a welcome to high school seniors visiting Duke to learn more the about this innovative interdisciplinary, intergenerational program for undergraduates, graduate, and professional school students that Professor Davidson helped to found in 1998 with the intellectual leadership and philanthropic support of Melinda French Gates.      

Professor Davidson's talk is entitled  "Now You See It:  How the Science of Attention Can Help Us Succeed in a World of Distractions."  She gave a version of this talk recently at a private leadership workshop of 80 of the world's most influential CEOs and CIOs, a gathering that included President William J. Clinton.   She is very excited to compare the engaged, lively conversation the talk generated among world leaders with that of the University Scholars--and has promised to report back on what "the next generation" has to say on urgent matters of attention, learning, technology, and the new ways we live, work, and lead together. 

This event is co-sponsored by HASTAC ("haystack", Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), an international network of 11,000 educators dedicated to innovative and engaged learning. HASTAC was co-founded by Prof Davidson and  its central administrative offices are located here at Duke.  The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, but with seats reserved for University Scholars.  The John Hope Franklin Center is located at 2204 Erwin Road, at the intersection with Trent Drive, near Duke Hospital.   For a map and other details on parking and directions, please go to:


About Cathy N. Davidson:  

Cathy Davidson teaches at Duke University, where she co-directs the Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge and holds two distinguished chairs (Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies). She served as Duke’s first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and helped to create over seventy programs including the Program in Information Science + Information Studies and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience as well as the University Scholars Program.  She is a co-founder of the global learning network HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Technology, and Science Alliance and Collaboratory), which administers the annual $2 million HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions. Her more than twenty books include Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji, Revolution and the Word,and The Future of Thinking (with David Theo Goldberg). Her latest book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn(Viking, 2011) was named a "top 10 science book" of the year by Publisher's Weekly and has been the occasion for over eighty invited lectures  in the U.S. and internationally, including in Canada, Australia, the UK, Hong Kong, and Thailand. A frequent speaker and consultant on institutional change at universities, corporations, and non-profits around the world, she writes for Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, Times Higher Ed, and many other publications in the U.S. and abroad. In July 2012 she was named the first educator on the six-person Board of Directors of the Mozilla Foundation.   She was recently appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities and received the 2012 Educator of the Year Award (with HASTAC cofounder David Theo Goldberg) for "Visionary Contribution to Science and Technology in Education."


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