Curtis Fletcher grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned his B.A. from UC Berkeley in both history and philosophy. His interests include the history of technology, intellectual history and visual studies. Curtis’ dissertation investigates the ways in which the shifting ground between humans and machines combined with issues surrounding “technology-out-of-control” to create a particular concern for humanists in the 1960s; concern that the values and guidance offered by the humanities was becoming dangerously irrelevant. It argues that humanists’ large-scale engagement with technology in these years was both an attempt to offer direction for the “new technology” and an effort to renegotiate and update the boundaries and relevancy of humanism.
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