Have we lost sight of what is really important? Modern society places a premium on getting everything done urgently – time is short and slow reading and writing is a luxury that is becoming harder and harder for us to afford. Taking our time to produce good writing and read text at a gentle pace is crowded out by data and opinion.
The soul arrives, it is said, at the pace of a camel; information travels at light speed. If literature, as romantic poet John Keats said, is for soul making, how will our souls be made and remade in a digital age that steals time from us in many ways?
Our expert panel will explore critical questions about the place of reading and writing in the digital age. Do we have a reading crisis and what are the potential costs? In an age where most reading, if it happens at all, occurs on screens and at light speed, what are the threats to knowledge acquisition, modes of teaching, learning and wisdom?
On the other hand, what positive impact does the digital age have on our spiritual, emotional and intellectual intelligence?
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Monday 15 October 2018.
Tuesday 23 October
Professor Marcella Frangipane shares important new insights into the birth of early state societies in the greater Mesopotamian world.
Wednesday 24 October
This talk uses documentary cinema to investigate the intertwined histories of media technology, social practice and political contention in China's 20th century.
Wednesday 31 October
Hear award-winning director Bruce Beresford (Ladies in Black, Driving Miss Daisy) discuss his impressive 50-year journey in cinema, from Australia to Hollywood, and his creative processes and philosophy on film, in this in-conversation event with Dr Bruce Isaacs.