Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 7:00p -
Saint Susanna Parish
262 Needham Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Lectures & Conferences, Social Good
If your family dinner table looks anything like this one, you should consider attending Professor Brenneman’s talk on
“Social Isolation in the Era of Technology”
at Saint Susanna Parish in Dedham on March 24, 2019.
The subject is very much under discussion among academics, with publications such as “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other” and “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age” by Professor Sherry Turkle of MIT.
Professor Brenneman, who is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, points out just one small example from his own life: “…The cultural changes ushered in largely by the spread of a technology do not just impact “choices” made. They impact the reality that we, and especially iGen-ers, live in and must deal with. My son Nico does not yet have a phone, but since most of his bus-riding peers do, he will be increasingly “left alone” if not “left out” by his generation the longer he goes without one. And this leads to the agonizing decision that will be made by many Gen-X parents like me—when will we have to buy the kids a phone? One more reason to think carefully and strategically about the social circles that envelope your kids. They matter now more than ever.”
• Location: Saint Susanna Parish Hall, 262 Needham Street, Dedham, MA
• Date: Sunday, March 24
• Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
• Cost: This event is free of charge and all are welcome
• Directions and Information: www.saintsusanna.org