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Community Lectures Series talk to explore implications of changing information age

Mar 9, 2017

Dr. Lisa Baird, assistant professor of English, will examine the shift of information from page to screen during a talk titled “Screen Life: The Digital Divide in Academia and Community” on Tuesday, March 28. Her talk is part of Flagler College’s Community Lecture Series and will take place in the historic Solarium in Ponce Hall.

“As more and more information migrates from ink and paper to bits and bytes, we in academia are asking the question, ‘What are the consequences of this migration for our communities in general and the academic community in particular?'” she said. “To answer the question, we can turn to other moments in history when the recording of information has undergone similar changes.”

Baird will discuss whether the change is simply an evolution, or a revolution that will forever change the values and writing practices of the past, including society’s identity as a ‘book culture.’

The Flagler professor comes to academia from a background in freelance writing and film production. All her life she has loved stories and pictures, words and images. Her love of the two forms led her to pursue a career in film production. When she pursued more academic interests, her background in writing and film informed her critical study of the union of words and pictures in New Media. Her recent book, “Eloquent Design: Essays on the Rhetorics of Vision” is the result of the study of the confluence of stories and pictures. She is currently working on a dystopian novel for young adults under consideration at Arthur Levine Publishing.

At Flagler College, Baird teaches Creative Nonfiction, World Literature and The Bible as Literature. She earned her doctoral degree in English from Texas Christian University and her master’s degree in English as well as her bachelor’s in Philosophy from The University of Akron.

During the 2016-2017 season, Flagler celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Community Lecture Series, which was founded in 2007 to offer the local community an opportunity to explore topics covering arts, religion, politics, culture, history, economics and more with experts on the college faculty. The theme of the series this year is “Challenges at the Crossroads: Finding Solutions to Local Issues.”

The programs take place monthly. Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Ponce Hall Solarium at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are not required. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.

Call (904) 826-8617 for more information, or visit here.

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