[act-ma] (Mon.) 11/18 Howard Gardner and Katie Davis Discuss The App Generation at Cambridge Forum

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Release                                                                         November 11, 2013

Howard Gardner and Katie Davis discuss The App Generation at Cambridge Forum

On Monday, November 18, Cambridge Forum hosts Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner and Katie Davis of the University of Washington's Information School discussing their new book The App Generation. The program takes place at First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street in Harvard Square, beginning at 7 pm. Kara Miller of WGBH's Innovation Hub moderates the discussion. Davis and Gardner have conducted a series of innovative studies of young people over the last decade-- ranging from interviews with youth, to focus groups of long-time educators, to analyses of student fiction and artwork--and The App Generation is a synthesis of their research. Focusing on adolescents, the speakers explore the ways in which digital media are changing the manner in which youth “navigate identity, intimacy, and imagination.” Gardner and Davis use the terms “app-enabled” and “app-dependent” to describe young people's involvement with digital media; what do these terms mean? How does life for this generation differ from life before the digital age? What is the relationship between “image” and “authenticity” for the app generation? What downsides do they see to young people’s deep involvement with “apps”? What benefits?   

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. The author of twenty-nine books translated into thirty-two languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has received honorary degrees from twenty-nine colleges and universities and has twice been named one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world.

Katie Davis is assistant professor, University of Washington Information School, where she studies the role of digital media technologies in adolescents’ lives. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for MTV's digital abuse campaign, A Thin Line. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington, Katie worked as a Project Manager at Harvard's Project Zero, where she was a member of the GoodPlay Project and Developing Minds and Digital Media Project, which conducted the research described in The App Generation.

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