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FAU Lecture Addresses the Impact of the Internet on Students at All Levels

BOCA RATON (March 4, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s Jack Miller Forum presents Mark Bauerlein of Emory University with the lecture “History at Your Fingertips: What Wikipedia, Google, Email Mean to Students.” The lecture will take place on Monday, March 16 at 1 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room of the Student Union on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This talk addresses the effect that having historical data so readily accessible has upon students from elementary school forward. It will argue that students adopt a different understanding of learning, shifting from knowledge formation to information retrieval. The presentation will include several anecdotes and empirical studies, weaving them together into a balanced appraisal of the fate of historical knowledge in an immediate access world.

Bauerlein is a professor of English at Emory University and has worked as a director of research and analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw studies about culture and American life. His books include Literary Criticism: An Autopsy and The   Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Threatens Our Future.

This lecture is the fourth of five to be presented during this academic year by the Jack Miller Forum at FAU. The final lecture in the series will be “The Future of Conservatism” with James Caesar, professor of politics at the University of Virginia and fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford, on Friday, April 17 at 1 p.m.

The Jack Miller Forum, which is organized by the department of political science in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, is a three-year initiative funded by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History.   The Miller Center provides a wide variety of resources to its partner faculty who are working to strengthen the teaching of America’s founding principles and history on college campuses across the United States. For more information about the Jack Miller Forum at FAU, call 561-297-3212 or visit


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