Meet Cathy Davidson

Cathy Davidson Photo Credit Duke University

Friday, March 1, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Education 2.0 / Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn

Our students and workers are living and thinking in a 21st century, digital, interconnected world, but we’re still educating and training them for a 20th century, industrial, compartmentalized model. That’s Cathy Davidson’s message in her book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.

Although we’ve all welcomed digital technology into our lives, many of us are still skeptical of its effects on our minds. We worry that the Internet, video games, content overload, and multitasking are dumbing us down; we look back with regret at the days people could just sit down, do one thing at a time, and do it well. Davidson demonstrates that this old-fashioned model of attention is just one of many possible ways for the mind to work. She traces “the myth of monotasking” to the specialized assembly-line model of work and education that grew out of the Industrial Revolution. Things have changed, and it’s only right for our brains to change with them. It’s time for schools, workplaces, and our whole approach to attention to change, too.

Davidson is the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University. She serves on the National Council on the Humanities. Author of more than 20 books, she writes for Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Washington Post, and many other publications. Davidson cofounded HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory or “haystack”), a virtual network of more than 8,000 innovators worldwide that directs the annual $2 million HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions (From NAIS Conference site).

You can use the following resources to learn more about Cathy’s work


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