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The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever – Dr. Michael Wesch

04/25/2014 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

World Simulation Rodeo

World Simulation Rodeo. Photo courtesy of Kansas State University

3CSN is proud to present Dr. Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University and the 2008 U.S. Professor of the year, whose viral videos and exploration of the effects of social media and digital technology on global society continue to change the way that we understand ourselves and the perils and possibilities of education in the 21st century.

The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever acknowledges that new media and technology present us with an overwhelming bounty of tools for connection, creativity, collaboration, and knowledge creation – a true “Age of Whatever” where anything seems possible. But any enthusiasm about these remarkable possibilities is immediately tempered by that other “Age of Whatever” – an age in which people feel increasingly disconnected, disempowered, tuned out, and alienated.  Such problems are especially prevalent in education, where the Internet (which must be the most remarkable creativity and collaboration machine in the history of the world) often enters our classrooms as a distraction device. It is not enough to merely deliver information in traditional fashion to make our students “knowledgeable.” Nor is it enough to give them the skills to learn, making them “knowledge-able.” Knowledge and skills are necessary, but not sufficient. What is needed more than ever is to inspire our students to wonder, to nurture their appetite for curiosity, exploration, and contemplation, to help them attain an insatiable appetite to ask and pursue big, authentic, and relevant questions, so that they can harness and leverage the bounty of possibility all around us and rediscover the “end” or purpose of wonder, and stave off the historical end of wonder.

 Event Agenda

9:00 – 9:30 am Coffee and Networking
9:30-10:30 am The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever – Dr. Michael Wesch
10:30 – 11:00 am   Q & A with Dr. Wesch


9:00 am - 11:00 am
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