Extra Credit: The End of Civilization

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January 31, 2010
To cap its twenty-fifth anniversary year, Duke Magazine organized a campus forum that explored what it means to create, transmit, and absorb the prime markers of civilization. The program, part of Homecoming Weekend in late September, grappled with ideas and controversies surrounding reading, including the central question of technology's impact on how, what, and why we read. The moderator was Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and vice provost for library affairs.

The panelists were Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies, an acclaimed book about the lure and cultural significance of reading; Andy Berndt '89, managing director of the Creative Lab at Google; Julie Tetel Andresen '72, associate professor of English at Duke and author of Linguistics Reimagined: Language Study for the 21st Century; Philip Bennett, former managing editor of The Washington Post and now Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of journalism at Duke; and Lynn Neary, who covers books and publishing for National Public Radio.


Sven Birkerts

Philip Bennett

Lynn Neary