Center for Teaching Excellence Invited Speaker Series, October 3, 2013
New media and technology present us with an overwhelming bounty of tools for connection, creativity, collaboration, and knowledge creation. Is this an “Age of Whatever,” where anything is possible? Or an age of “whatever,” where we feel increasingly disconnected and disempowered? In this talk, Michael Wesch argues for the need to inspire our students to wonder, to nurture their appetite for curiosity, exploration, and contemplation, to help them attain an insatiable appetite to ask and pursue big, authentic, and relevant questions so that they can harness the bounty of possibility all around us and rediscover the "end" or purpose of wonder.
Michael Wesch, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, explores the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed over 20 million times, translated in over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide.