Sherry Turkle.
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“Conscience for the tech world” Sherry Turkle Wins USC Annenberg’s Everett M. Rogers Award

MIT professor Sherry Turkle – scholar and critic of technology’s impact, public intellectual and bestselling author – is the recipient of the 2017 Everett M. Rogers Award.

Often referred to as “the Margaret Mead of digital culture,” and called a “conscience for the tech world” by novelist Jonathan Franzen in the New York Times Book Review, Professor Turkle studies the effects on human relationships of digital technology, including the personal computer, social networks, mobile connectivity and artificial intelligence. She has described technology as the “architect of our intimacies,” and her work has explored how digital communication devices affect the ways we understand ourselves, relate to others and experience our humanity.

The award honors the late Everett M. Rogers, a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism who originated diffusion of innovation theory and introduced the term “early adopters.” Presented since 2007 on behalf of USC Annenberg by its Norman Lear Center, the award recognizes outstanding scholars and practitioners whose work has made a fundamental contribution to areas of Rogers’s legacy.

On Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5 PM, Professor Turkle will speak on “The Assault on Empathy; the Need for Conversation” at the USC Annenberg School, followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required online here

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship and the Harvard Centennial Medal, and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. She was named “Woman of the Year” by Ms. Magazine and among the “forty under forty” who are changing the nation by Esquire Magazine. Her newest book is the New York Times bestseller, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.

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