The Long Now Foundation welcomes
Maryanne Wolf, PhD
Tufts University / MIT Media Lab / Stanford CASBS Fellow
The Changing Reading Brain in a Digital Culture
presented with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS)
@ The Interval at Long Now: check-in begins at 6:30; talk will start at 7:30
Join us afterwards for drinks and conversation with our speaker.
Dr. Wolf's book Proust and the Squid will be on sale and she will sign after the talk.
"Fascinating....Wolf restores our awe of the human brain."
— Associated Press (on Proust and the Squid)
In her talk at The Interval, Dr. Wolf shares her research on the reading brain including: reconceptualizing the dyslexic brain which does not read easily but creates readily; the promise and threats of the "next” reading brain in the digital age; and the use of technology to combat the global literacy crisis.
Maryanne Wolf is Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts. Her 02008 book Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain includes a long-term perspective on reading and the human brain. From the opening paragraph:
Human beings invented reading only a few thousand years ago. And with this invention we rearranged the very organization of our brain, which in turn expanded the ways we were able to think, which altered the intellectual evolution of our species.
Dr. Wolf and her colleagues at the MIT Media Lab and Georgia State University are developing a digital learning experience that will bring literacy opportunities to children in remote regions of the world. This cross-disciplinary work (Curious Learning) is the topic of two invited lectures to the Vatican Academy of Sciences in the last year and one in the upcoming year on Education for Disenfranchised Peoples.
Wolf, with remarkable agility in a relatively compact book (intended for both aficionados and the uninitiated), transitions seamlessly between disciplines as diverse as linguistics, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and archeology...
— New England Journal of Medicine (on Proust and the Squid)
Dr. Wolf has just completed her Fellowship at CASBS at Stanford University, during which she worked on two books: What It Means to be Literate: A Literacy Agenda for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press) and Letters to the Good Reader: The Contemplative Dimension in the Future Reading Brain (Harper-Collins).
Long Now is proud to regularly feature CASBS Fellows in our "Conversations at The Interval" series. More about Long Now's partnership with CASBS
For over sixty years CASBS has been a national and international locus for transformative thinking and research on the most important issues in social science. The Center's residential fellowship program attracts the finest scholars from psychology, sociology, economics, po zlitical science, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and related disciplines.
Maryanne Wolf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research, and Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University.
She received her doctoral degree from Harvard University, where her research began on the reading brain, the development of language and literacy, and dyslexia. She has two degrees in literature from Northwestern University and from St. Marys College/University of Notre Dame.
Amongst many honors she has been awarded are the Distinguished Professor of the Year from the Massachusetts Psychological Association; the Teaching Excellence Award for Universities from the American Psychological Association. And most recently, Wolf was received the Christopher Columbus Award for intellectual discovery for her current work on global literacy in Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, India and rural US.
Dr. Wolf serves on the Advisory Committee to the X Prize for a new award targeting Global Literacy, based in part on the recent work by her team in Ethiopia. The author of over 130 scientific publications, her book Proust and the Squid has received numerous awards and been translated into 13 languages.
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When & Where
The Interval at Long Now
The Interval at Long Now is a bar, cafe and event venue located in historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's north shore within view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We serve delicious beverages in a room full of mechanical wonders and thousands of books.
We are open daily 10AM to midnight. Events are typically on Tuesday nights a few times a month. Tickets usually go on sale 2 weeks prior to the event. Talks sell out quickly due to our limited capacity.
Long Now members can purchase tickets before the general public.
The Interval is home to The Long Now Foundation which is dedicated to long-term thinking through projects including building a 10,000-year Clock, the monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT), The Rosetta Project, PanLex, and Revive & Restore.