Ethics lecture to look at 'Morality, Ethics and Digital Life'

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The next Richard B. Lippin Lectureship in Ethics will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 4, in Penn State's Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library. The lecture, “Morality, Ethics and Digital Life,” is free and open to the public.

Engagement with digital media – including use of social media and content sharing sites – is a routine aspect of life today. These media are particularly salient in the lives of young people, many of whom can't imagine their lives without them. Whether acknowledged or not, there are moral and ethical dimensions to the many decisions routinely faced and made in online communities – for example, decisions about self-representation and self-expression; disclosure of personal information; and creation, appropriation and sharing of content. In this talk, Carrie James will explore moral and ethical dilemmas in digital life. She will share findings from a multi-year, qualitative study of young people’s approaches to online life and consider the implications, particularly for education.

Carrie James is research director and principal investigator at Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on young people’s engagement with new digital media; morality and ethics in new media environments; and the nature of trust, civic engagement and political participation among youth today. She has been co-principal investigator on research projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corp., and is lead author of "Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media: A Synthesis from the GoodPlay Project" (2009, The MIT Press). James holds an master of arts and a doctorate in sociology from New York University. She is on Twitter at @carrie_james.

This lecture is sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute, Richard B. Lippin and the late Ronnie Lippin, Presidential Leadership Academy, Paterno Fellows Program and Center for Democratic Deliberation. Rock Ethics Institute events are also made possible with the support of generous gifts from Doug and Julie Rock.

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Last Updated May 19, 2016