David Levy, professor of information studies and contemplative practices at the Information School at the University of Washington, will present “Shabbat, Digital Culture, and the Politics of Rest” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mission Health Systems Mountain View Room. His lecture is free and open to the public, and kicks off the university’s retreat and conference, “Creating a Mindful Campus: Adjusting Our Default Settings.”
In addition to his keynote address, Levy will serve as scholar/practitioner-in-residence for the conference, which will offer participants opportunities for practice and conversation on the use of contemplative practices in higher education. During the conference Levy will also discuss “No Time to Think: Balance, Technology and Academic Life,” on Friday evening, and, on Saturday, “Mindful Tech: Learning to Use Our Digital Tools More Attentively and with Less Stress.” Conference cost for members of the UNC Asheville community is $15; $50 for general public. Registration deadline in March 7.
Levy holds a doctorate from Stanford University in computer science and a diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute, London. He is the author of Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age (Arcade, 2011), and was a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where his research focused on the nature of documents and the transition from paper to digital media. His current research focuses on information and the quality of life.
Levy’s lecture is sponsored by the UNC Asheville Center for Jewish Studies. For more information contact the center at 828.232.5027. For more information and to register for the “Creating a Mindful Campus” conference at UNC Asheville, visit the conference website.