UF professor to discuss effects of daily news

Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 4:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 4:33 p.m.

According to John Sommerville, the availability of daily news makes us dumber, not smarter. That's the thesis of his book, "How the News Makes Us Dumb: The Death of Wisdom in an Information Society," and the topic of his talk on Dec. 8 at the Mennonite Meeting House, 1236 NW 18th Ave., Gainesville.

Sommerville is Professor of English History, Emeritus, at the University of Florida and a member of the Advisory Board of the Christian Study Center of Gainesville. His talk is one in a monthly Brown Bag Lunch series sponsored by the Beltram Peace Center that provides an opportunity for the community to meet local activists, artists and thinkers in a informal setting.

The program is free and open to the public. Participants may bring their own lunch. Drinks will be provided.

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