Powers has been a speaker at such high-profile venues as South By Southwest, the Aspen Festival of Ideas, Google and Facebook. Reporting on one of his dynamic presentations, The New York Times called him an “apostle” of the next wave of digital thinking.
Twice a winner of the National Press Club’s Rowse Award for best American media commentary, Powers has been a resident fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and studied the technology culture of Japan on a fellowship from the Japan Society of New York.
Powers' talk is free and open to the public, presented in conjunction with the Class of 2017 Common Reading project, re-established at Bucknell with the Class of 2014. First-year students were asked to read the book over the summer in order to discuss it in a number of seminars during the fall semester, including the Transition to College course.