New! Updated Edition of Distracted with a New Preface Coming September 2018

Speaking & Events

Upcoming Events

Jul
31
,
2018
// Chautauqua, N.Y.

What is a spirituality of work in an age of reactivity, automation, and acceleration? How can we preserve our humanity and strive to think at our highest cognitive potential in an age of snap judgment? Designed to explore issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives, the Interfaith Lectures at the venerable Chautauqua Institution attracts listeners in the thousands. My lecture will draw from my forthcoming book on uncertainty as the gateway to good thinking in an age of snap judgment as well as my research for new updated edition of Distractedto be published in fall 2018.

Apr
19
,
2018
// Jamaica, N.Y.

Finding Focus on Campus – College life today is more diverse, high-tech, and distracted. How can students find deep focus when they are juggling jobs, screens, and schoolwork? Many are losing the battle to find meaning across their academic and personal lives. In this talk and book signing at York College, part of the City University of New York, I will explore how the nature of distraction has changed in modern life and how students can attain the skills of attention that they need to thrive in their academic and work lives. The talk is hosted by Nicholas Githuku and the  York History and Philosophy Departments.

Past Events

Oct
26
,
2017
// New York, NY

How can families stay focused and connected in an era of speed, overload and distraction? How can busy parents teach young digital natives the skills of attention and reflection that matter more than ever? Join Distracted author and international expert Maggie Jackson for an eye-opening talk on the historic roots of our split-screen, time-splicing culture, the latest scientific findings on the mind, and workable ways for all generations to thrive as humans today.

Apr
4
,
2017
// New York, New York,

What is Digital Literacy today and how are children’s skills of deep reading developing in a fragmented, hurried world? Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted, joins the Children and Media course taught by Mary Rothschild of http://www.healthymediachoices.org to speak about the fractured experience of digital reading, the multitasking environment in which we read and the impact of such fragmentation on children’s ability to read deeply. Hyper-fractured pages with less-relevant links – a staple of kids’ e-books and web sites – lower comprehension and recall, even sowing confusion among young readers, just as cluttered physical classrooms have been shown to do. A key overlooked question, as well, is how our rose-colored views of technology are impacting the teaching and attainment of literacy. Parents who are wow’ed by bells and whistles influence children’s choices.

Oct
27
,
2016
// New York, New York

Mind in the Making: Reflection and the Artisan in the Material World

How do the worlds of reflection and workmanship – two human endeavors rarely, if ever, considered together – intersect, align, and collide? This talk will investigate the reflective mind’s largely unexamined role in artisanal practices once dismissed as tacit and “unthinking,” as well as the potential for considered thought itself to be newly envisioned as a skill-based practice. Expanding our treatment of ‘making as knowing’ can offer a new lens with which to appraise the nature of intellectual flourishing at a high-stakes moment in humanity’s relations with the material world.

Oct
8
,
2016
// Columbia, Md.

Featured Keynote  to National Association of Montessori Teachers (NAMTA) Fall Conference

A talk on asking the right questions of technology, role modeling for coming generations a wise balance between human and machine, and drawing on the forgotten bonds between workmanship and higher-order thinking. Look ahead to a reflective, connective, and focused future.

 

Feb
29
,
2016
// New York , New York

Opening Keynote

In a world of multitasking and wildly fragmented attention spans, how can the media world adapt? Maggie Jackson, author of “Distracted,” shows how to break through the barrage of electronic media to craft slow, deliberate thinking.

Mar
21
,
2016
// Tiverton, RI

Author Visit to the Tiverton, RI Library

“Lost in the Instant: Recouping Focus and Reflection in a Tech-Driven Age”

Jan
16
,
2016
// Houston, Texas

Keynote to NAMTA’s annual conference: “A Workmanship of Risk: The Craftsmanship of Thought in an Age of Speed”

 

Nov
2
,
2014
// Brentwood, TN

Lost in the Instant: Recouping Focus and Reflection in a Tech-Driven Age – A Keynote to 1,600 Educators from Tennessee Private K-12 Schools

Nov
22
,
2013
// Vershire, VT

A Talk on Distracted to the Faculty of the Mountain School of Milton Academy

Aug
14
,
2013
// Little Compton, RI

‘Finding Focus in an Age of Distraction’ — A Talk ‘Under the Tent’ at the Little Compton, R.I. Library

Nov
7
,
2013
// Pittsburgh, PA

Speech to Duquesne’s Eight Liberal Arts First-Year Learning Communities on Distracted, their fall ‘Common Read’

Jun
26
,
2013
// New York, NY

Panelist for Lunch Talk on “Finding Focus and Improving Productivity in an Age of Distraction”

Oct
8
,
2013
// Dallas, Texas

Keynote Speaker to 2013 conference on the Role of Technology in Schools

Feb
22
,
2013
// Houston, Texas

Keynote Plenary to the annual convention of the Texas Community College Teachers Association

Mar
2
,
2012
// Scottsdale, Az.

Opening Keynote Speaker

May
25
,
2012
// Atlanta, Ga.

Keynote Speaker – Critical Thinking in a Warp-Speed World

Jan
31
,
2013
// Jackson, Miss.

Keynote Plenary to the Faculty Scholars of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for US community colleges

Nov
3
,
2012
// Dallas, TX

Keynote Speech –  “Attention Must Be Paid: Envisioning Humanity’s Future in a High-Speed, Push-Button Age”