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October 2, 2012

Huffington to discuss technology’s influence on the media

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, will speak at Bucknell University on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The talk, "The Brave New World of The 'New Media,'" is free and open to the public. It is part of the Bucknell Forum series "tech/no," which focuses on the evolution of technology's role in society, and its potential to impact the world in both positive and negative ways.

In 2005, Huffington launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly become one of the most widely read and frequently cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006 and again in 2011 she was named to the Time 100, Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people.

Originally from Greece, Huffington spent a summer in York, Pa., at age 16 as part of a program called the Experiment in International Living. She then moved to England and graduated from Cambridge University with a master's degree in economics. At 21, she became president of the Cambridge Union debating society.

Huffington is the author of 13 books including The Woman Behind the Legend (1981), a biography of opera singer Maria Callas; the New York Times best-seller Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America (2003); Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America (2004); and Right is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution and Made Us All Less Safe (2008).

She serves on several boards that promote community solutions to social problems, including A Place Called Home, which works with at-risk children in South Central Los Angeles. She also serves on the board of EL PAÍS and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The Bucknell Forum

"tech/no" embraces technology and its perils and promises. The series, which will run through four semesters, aims to stir discussion about the pros and cons of technology, its benefits and damages, its legitimate promises and false panaceas, and its capacity to satisfy human need and desire even as it can bring risk and danger.

The series will debut with a talk by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The forum's second event will include a special performance of "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" starring Alex Lyras, Class of 1993. The performance will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building.

Speakers are being sought to explore how technology has affected a range of areas, which might include social change, human relationships, culture, politics, medicine, science, the environment, globalization, education, journalism, business and more. Suggestions for speakers can be sent to theforum@bucknell.edu.

 

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