Lenhart on Technology and Tomorrow’s Students


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Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at the Pew Internet & American Life Project, talks with Dartmouth Now about how technology is shaping tomorrow’s students.

“I think by universities really thinking broadly about how to include—and creatively about how to include—technology into the classroom, that’s what’s going to carry you into the 21st century,” says Lenhart.

An Amherst College graduate, Lenhart directs Pew’s research on teens, children, and families and has appeared before Congress and on NPR and PBS.

The “Leading Voices” series started in 2011. The first season, “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy,” brought national political figures, presidential candidates, and policymakers to campus. Last summer’s “Leading Voices in U.S. Foreign Policy” included a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a former Defense Department official, and a retired Navy admiral. The ongoing “Leading Voices in Higher Education” series, part of the strategic planning process, has featured visits from prominent writers, university presidents, and other figures in higher education.

Here is a list of upcoming Leading Voices speakers:

  • April 25: Andrew Delbanco, (the William Jewett Tucker Lecturer for 2013), the Mendelson Family Professor of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities and director of American Studies at Columbia University, speaking on “College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be,” at 4:30 p.m. in Moore Hall’s Filene Auditorium.
  • May 7: Richard DeMillo, distinguished professor of computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the director of the Center for 21st Century Universities, speaking on “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities” at 4:30 p.m. in the Rockefeller Center Room 003.
  • May 15: Brandon Butler, the director of public policy initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries, speaking on “MOOCS and the Copyright Challenge: Fair Use in the Balance,” at 4:00 p.m. in Haldeman 41.
Keith Chapman