FREE Recording of Maryanne Wolf, Ed.D. Keynote: Deep Reading and the Digital Culture

FREE Recording of Maryanne Wolf, Ed.D. Keynote: Deep Reading and the Digital Culture

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Presenter: Dr. Maryanne Wolf


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What is happening to the reading brain as it unavoidably changes to adapt to digital mediums in this age of technology? Will we continue to develop the capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection that have historically evolved in humans as a result of deep reading? Is deep reading even possible in the digital age? When we process information rapidly and in short bursts, as is often practiced on digital platforms, are we, and are our students, given sufficient opportunities to develop the rich “contemplative dimension” of the brain that provides human beings with the ability to form thoughtful insights and become empathetic individuals?

In this presentation, Dr. Wolf will share research from the cognitive neurosciences to discuss the development of the present reading brain and the formation over time of the important deep reading processes. These processes, from analogical thought to critical analysis and empathy, are ultimately needed for the continuation of democracy in our society. As Dr. Wolf often points out, deep reading of text “helps to bring about the ability to take the perspective of another person, and another viewpoint – it cannot be overestimated.”

The pros and cons of different mediums (particularly print vs screen) will be described by Dr. Wolf, with their implications for the preservation of deep reading processes. Throughout the years, as we have become increasingly dependent upon digital media, she has studied, reflected, written, and spoken widely and passionately throughout the world on the implications of the possible atrophy of these important human processes for the individual reader and for democracy as a whole. While giving us food for thought, Dr. Wolf will inspire us, provide some helpful suggestions, and leave us with hope, even during this time of high technology. Don’t miss this chance to watch and hear one of the true legends in our field present live, or as a recording. Those watching live will have rare opportunities to ask questions.


Maryanne Wolf is a scholar, teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the former John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She is Chapman University’s Presidential Fellow (2018-2020) and past Fellow (2014-2015) and Research Affiliate (2016-2017) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Her awards include highest honors from International Dyslexia Association (Geschwind and Orton awards) and The Dyslexia Foundation (Einstein Prize); Distinguished Researcher of the Year for Learning Disabilities in Australia; Distinguished Teacher of the Year from the state and national American Psychological Association; Fulbright Fellowship (Germany); and the Christopher Columbus Award for Intellectual Innovation for co-founding Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, with deployments in Africa, India, Australia, and rural United States. She is external advisor to the International Monetary Fund, Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, and other Boards, and a frequent speaker about global literacy at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. She has authored over 170 scientific publications; the RAVE-O reading curriculum for dyslexia; RAN/RAS tests of reading prediction with Martha Denckla; and Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (15 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21 st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Culture (11 translations, HarperCollins, 2018). Most recently (October 2019), she received both the national award from the Reading League for her contributions on reading research and the Walter Ong Award for her work on the effects of different mediums on the intellectual development of the species.

CREDITS: This training offers 2 cont. ed. hours for all, and Certificate Maintenance Hours (CMHs) for Speech Language Pathologists. ASHA accepts CMHs towards the 30 hours needed for re-certification. 


PLEASE NOTE: The information provided in this hot topic webinar may not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of Reading with TLC.  

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