Talk: "Redefining Literacy" by Nicholas Negroponte

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Cooper Union - Great Hall, 7 E. 7th St. bet. 3rd and 4th Aves, NY NY 10003


Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit association and co-founder and director of the MIT Media Lab, discusses literacy in the digital age. He believes that literacy is learning, learning more than learning something. To be literate is to ask questions, think metaphorically and behave creatively. Under these conditions, art and design emerge as cornerstones of a literate society and drivers of economic growth. Q&A to follow.

Negroponte is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, Negroponte served on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

The Jack & Lewis Rudin/Charles E. Schaffner Distinguished Lecture Series was established by Jack and Lewis Rudin, two of New York’s illustrious business and civic leaders, in honor of Cooper Union alumnus Charles E. Schaffner, a civil engineering graduate of 1941. Topics in the series address the larger interdisciplinary impact of technology and science both nationally and internationally.

Free; seating is general admission.

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