Solitude and community each face new challenges in this age of online connectedness. Does gazing at smartphones, video games, online movies, and web pages really bring us together? In this busy world, how do we find time for personal reflection? These topics will be addressed at two Oregon Humanities programs at the Newport Public Library this coming weekend.
Lost and Found: Community in the Age of the Internet is a free conversation with Tod Sloan on Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Sloan is a professor of psychology in the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon. He was trained in a field known as personality theory, which addresses fundamental questions about human nature.
Going Solo: The Value of Solitude in a Social World is a free conversation with Jennifer Allen on Sunday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Allen is Director of Programs at Oregon Humanities, where she has worked since 2004. Her graduate research focused in part on the cultural impacts of technology, which sparked an ongoing interest in the challenges of solitude in our busy and connected lives.
These programs are sponsored by Oregon Humanities, with support from the Sylvia Beach Hotel. Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.