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An American Forum:  Are Media Making Us Dumber?

WHAT:  An American Forum: Are Media Making Us Dumber? Intellect, Ignorance, and Influence in the Digital Age

WHO:  Susan Jacoby, author, The Age of American Unreason
- Kathryn Montgomery, author, Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood
- in the Age of the Internet
- Andy Carvin, senior strategist, online communities, National Public Radio
- Joshua Hatch, multimedia producer, USA Today
- Danna Walker, James B. Simpson Fellow, American University (moderator)
WHERE:  Room 1, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

WHEN:  7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31
MEDIA: Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5951 or
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Media and journalism experts join Susan Jacoby, author of the controversial book The Age of American Unreason, to discuss whether the explosion of media in the Internet age is largely responsible for the “dumbing down” of America during American University’s An American Forum: Are Media Making Us Dumber? at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Room 1 of the Ward Circle Building.

The discussion will be broadcast on 88.5 WAMU. Danna Walker, a journalist and the James B. Simpson Fellow in Journalism at AU’s School of Communication, will be moderator.

Panelists in addition to Jacoby are Kathryn Montgomery, a professor at AU’s School of Communication and author of Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet; Andy Carvin, senior strategist for online communities at National Public Radio; and Joshua Hatch, a multimedia producer for USA Today.

An American Forum, an initiative of AU’s School of Communication, is a series of panel discussions that brings together academics, journalists, elected officials, and public policy makers to address and debate critical issues. 

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.