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Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement


2016-18: The Digital Society

"In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness." - Marshall McLuhan

How is the digital age affecting the human experience? How has technology changed our understandings of self and each other, whether on the scale of interpersonal relationships or of global society? How is it altering how we conduct business, in fields from education to government to the arts to health care? What ethical questions does it raise? What does the future hold? These two years of PLACE will engage students, faculty, and the Linfield community on these and other defining questions of the 21st century.

The two-year theme for 2016-2018, The Digital Society, will explore digital technology’s effects on our society from a wide range of perspectives. In the first year, we'll focus on The Digital Self. We'll examine how individuals engage with technology, including its effects on our identities, our physical bodies, our self-expression, our interpersonal relationships and our social interactions. In the second year, we'll explore what makes The Digital Citizen. We'll see how individuals relate to their larger societal context through an examination of the political, societal, financial, and ethical consequences of our increasing global adoption of digital technology.

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The common reading for our campus during 2016-17 is The Circle by Dave Eggers. While incoming first-year students are required to read the book for their Colloquium course, all students and faculty are encouraged to check it out! We're looking forward to lively discussions of this provocative page-turner during the year.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please email us.

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