Why Read Books?

Seth Lerer and Leah Price with Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Thursday, February 22, 2007 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

At a time when people express concern about the fate of the book, we join three virtuoso scholars—Seth Lerer, Leah Price, and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht—who are intimately familiar with the life of the mind nurtured by the bound printed word. How has the book changed history? Are engagements with books different from engagements with other media? How do new technologies transform the way we think and learn? What is happening to life and learning as attention shifts from page to screen? What is gained and what is lost if we neglect interaction through books?

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