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David M. Levy explores and reflects on information overload in the technical age in a lecture Thursday, September 18, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—“While the latest information technologies made it possible for us to communicate with one another and to gain access to information more quickly than ever before, it is now clear that these powerful capabilities are also contributing to information overload, to extreme busyness, to the fragmentation of attention, and to accelerated and even frantic modes of working and living,” remarked David M. Levy, professor at the University of Washington.

Levy will examine these themes in his lecture “No Time to Think: Reflections on Information Overload and the Loss of Quality Time in Our Lives" on Thursday, September 18, at Vassar College. The program, free and open to the public, begins at 5:30pm in Sanders Auditorium, and is sponsored by the Carolyn Grant '36 Endowment Fund.

David M. Levy earned his doctorate in computer science from Stanford University in 1979 and a diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute in London in 1982. He is a professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. From 2005–06, he held the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education and Technology at the Library of Congress, where he focused on information and the quality of life.

Levy was formerly a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he examined the nature of documents and the tools used to create them. He is a coauthor of the National Research Council report LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress (2000) and Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age (2001).

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 5, 2008