MIT professors Loren R. Graham and Sherry R. Turkle, both of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, will be members of panels during the second annual Harvard Square Book Festival on Saturday, May 18.
Professor Graham, whose field is the history of science, will take part in a panel on "family and place in works of literature." His recent book is A Face in the Rock: The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa.
Professor Turkle, author of Life on the Screen, will participate in a panel on "books in the electronic age." The screen in her title is the computer screen.
The panels will be at the First Parish Church, Professor Graham's at 1pm, Professor Turkle's at 3. Admission is free.
"The basic idea behind personalized news is that there's all this stuff happening out there, maybe more than any individual can absorb. Somehow wouldn't it be nice if there could be a selection for an individual so they weren't getting inundated, but getting things that were useful and important to them."-Walter Bender, principal research associate/scientist in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences, on the development of personalized electronic newspapers, in The Arizona Republic.
"We're moving into an era when knowledge and the application of knowledge, rather than military strength and resources, are going to determine then strength of the country. Where do new knowledge and new technology and new products come from? They ultimately come from long-term investment in fundamental science and engineering research. And if we don't make those, I think downstream we're going to very, very sorry."-President Charles M. Vest, in a USA Today story on proposed cutbacks in government research spending.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 15, 1996.