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Renewing the Humanities: How Do We Understand Our 21st-Century World?

May 22, 2018

Renewing the Humanities: How Do We Understand Our 21st-Century World?

Renewing the Humanities: How Do We Understand Our 21st-Century World?

Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
4:00 – 8:00 pm PST

The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 S. Market St., San Jose, California 95113

The way we live, work, and make sense of our world is changing more rapidly than ever. Finding ways to think about who we are, where we’ve come from, and who we want to be has always been a key attribute of the humanities.

Today, with the advent of new tools, new sources of information, and new norms for communicating, what can we do to renew the way we think about the humanities and their role? How can we best sort through the stream of information coming at us from all sides? What new tools should we use to reflect on ideas from history, literature, journalism, science, and the arts? And how do we make sure that new technologies and platforms enable all members of society to be included and have opportunities for deep reflection and understanding?

New America
National Humanities Center

New America and the National Humanities Center recently presented a provocative conversation and a series of short presentations that explored the state of the humanities in the digital age—a time in which technological tools are both advancing scholarship and becoming key subjects of critical inquiry about their impact on society.
Join the conversation online using #RenewingHumanities and following @NewAmericaEd, @NewAmericaCA, and @NatlHumanities.



Tuesday, May 22, 2018
3:30 – 4:00 pm

Check In

Check in and tour the exhibits in the Tech Museum.

4:00 – 4:30 pm

Welcoming Remarks

  • Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM), President and CEO, New America
  • Andy Mink (@Mink_ED), Vice President for Education Programs, National Humanities Center
4:30 – 5:15 pm

How to Be a Critical Consumer of Information in the 21st Century

With the mounting concern over fake news, the quality of online information, and diminishing information literacy skills, it’s more important than ever to understand how we consume content online. In this panel conversation, speakers discussed what we know about literacy in our technology-driven world, how we evaluate information quality in this digital landscape, and what kids need in order to be critical consumers of information in the 21st century.

  • Sam Wineburg (@samwineburg), Director, Stanford History Education Group, Stanford University
  • Maryanne Wolf, Director, Center for Reading and Language Research, Tufts University
  • Mimi Ito (@mizuko), Director, Connected Learning Lab, University of California-Irvine
  • Lisa Guernsey (@LisaGuernsey), Director, Learning Technologies Project, New America
5:15 – 5:45 pm

Lightning Talks

During this series of 7-minute talks, speakers explored critical tools and mindsets to help us avoid a myopic view of the world.

  • Karla Monterroso (@karlitaliliana), Acting CEO, Code 2040
  • Andy Mink (@Mink_ED), Vice President for Education Programs, National Humanities Center
5:45 – 6:30 pm

Building a Renewed Culture of Information in the Digital Age

Despite real fears over information consumption online, the internet has also broken down many barriers to information, providing unprecedented opportunities for sharing and learning with one another. Panelists discussed the opportunities for building a renewed culture of information, sharing examples of how we can leverage digital tools and technologies to empower youth, families, and learners of all ages.

  • Robin Mencher (@RobinJM), Executive Director, KQED Education
  • Mia Birdsong (@miabirdsong), 2016 New America California Fellow and Family Rights Activist
  • Lisa Petrides (@lpetrides), Founder and CEO, ISKME
  • Autumn McDonald (@Autumn_McDo), Director, New America California
6:30 – 6:50 pm

Concluding Remarks

  • Robert D. Newman (@NatlHumanities), President and Director, National Humanities Center
6:50 – 8:00 pm