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Hot Topics Community Forum to explore benefits and burdens of language and technology


October 1, 2007

The Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences launches its first Hot Topics Community Forum titled “Language, Technology and You: Social and Moral Controversies Transforming Public Life,” Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. in the university’s Brendle Recital Hall at the Scales Fine Arts Center. 

This forum will address how the use of language affects our ability to understand social and moral controversies surrounding the use of technology.  Panelists will discuss a variety of themes, including how reliance on the Internet and the 30-second sound bite affects the ability to find answers to complex questions. 

The multidisciplinary panel includes Elisia Cohen, assistant professor of communication at the University of Kentucky; Michael J. Hyde, University Distinguished Chair in Communication Ethics at Wake Forest; and Nancy M.P. King, professor of social sciences and health policy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.  Ananda Mitra, professor of communication at Wake Forest, will serve as moderator.

The Hot Topics Community Forums are free and open to the public.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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