voices unbound

Former Drury professor will discuss online behaviors regarding ethics, religion and politics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 30, 2012 — Former Drury professor Charles Ess will share his research of online behaviors at Drury University in Lay Hall, Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Discoveries in social media show that individuals are concerned with “impression management” and this leads to a turn in our society from an emphasis on the individual toward a selfhood based on relationships and emotions. Dr. Ess will present the argument that Western selves are generally moving away from democracy and equality, while non-Western selves are moving toward it.

Dr. Charles Ess

Dr. Ess has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Emphasizing cross-cultural perspectives, he has published extensively about information and computing ethics, with collaborations including Digital Media Ethics; Trust and Virtual Worlds: Contemporary Perspectives; The Handbook of Internet Studies and Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Futures.

Dr. Ess now teaches at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Dr. Ess’s presentation is part of Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy, which is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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The final Matriculation Convocation for Drury President Todd Parnell is Thursday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 22, 2012 — On Thursday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m., Drury’s new students will experience a rite of their early college lives at the Matriculation Convocation in Clara Thompson Hall. It will be the final Matriculation Convocation for Drury President Todd Parnell who will retire in May of 2013. Parnell, the author of several books, will ask the students to consider nature as a technology alternative.

Drury President Todd Parnell

Today, we are tethered to our smartphones and computers, always plugged in trying to keep up with the latest news and happenings. But nature is our lasting legacy; we should consider unplugging on occasion and reclaim our humanity.

Drury University’s 2012-2013 Theme Year series, Voices Unbound: Social Media and the Future of Democracy, is devoted to exploring how media and technology are changing the way we communicate and interact, and the implications for journalism and democracy.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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