Symposium Will Explore How We Receive and Perceive Information

Never before in history has so much information been so readily available to so many. Our knowledge of the world increasingly comes in processed and managed forms like search engines and cable network agendas.

An upcoming Nebraska Wesleyan Symposium will emphasize how citizens have a responsibility not only to read, hear and see but to read, hear and see with a critical awareness of the filters that information has passed through and the lenses through which we have chosen to view it.

The 10th annual Visions & Ventures Symposium will be held September 15-16 in O’Donnell Auditorium on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus. This year’s theme is “Filters & Lenses: The Production, Dissemination and Reception of Information.”

Speakers will include journalist Ken Auletta whose recent book “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It” describes the extraordinary effect one internet company has had on the way we receive information and on the even more dramatic effect it wants to have. Author and foreign correspondent Chris Hedges will discuss how our culture has traded the printed word for a gleaming image; conceptual artist David Bunn will discuss how we archive, order and disseminate information using his Los Angeles County Library card project as an example; and law professor and author Patricia Williams will explore how the lenses of race, gender and class have affected our understanding of rights and justice.

All lectures are free and open to the public. O’Donnell Auditorium is located at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

The following is a schedule of events:

Wednesday, September 15

  • 7 p.m. — Chris Hedges, author and New York Times foreign correspondent, “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. Book signing and reception following lecture.

Thursday, September 16

  • 10 a.m. — Ken Auletta, author, “Googled: The Future of Media.” Book signing and reception following lecture.
  • 2 p.m. — David Bunn, internationally-exhibited artist, “One Thing After Another.”
  • 3:30 p.m. — Campus-wide dialogue
  • 7 p.m. — Patricia Williams, author and Columbia University law professor, “Race as a Filter: How We View Our Surrounding World.” Book signing and reception following lecture.

Classes will not be held on the evening of September 15 and all day on September 16 to allow students and faculty the opportunity to attend Visions & Ventures.

 

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Author and New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges will kick off this year's event.
Ken Auletta, author of "Googled: The End of the World as we Know It" will present a lecture on Sept. 16.
Artist David Bunn will demonstrate how we archive and disseminate information using his Los Angeles County Library card project.
Columbia University law professor Patricia Williams will conclude the event with a lecture on "Race as a Filter."