Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lecture to address technologies' impacts on everyday life TONIGHT, Dec. 11, at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON -- Chelsea Schelly, Michigan Tech professor of social sciences, will give a talk, "Seeing the Social in the Material of Everyday Life," at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Room G002, Hesterberg Hall of the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building at Michigan Technological University.

The technologies that we use in our everyday life, from electricity to cellphones to foods, impact the environment and the ways we relate to one another and to our communities, says Schelly. These technologies also shape the social and political organization of our society. We learn what "normal" life is, through our interactions with the materials that make life possible and comfortable.

In this talk, Schelly will discuss some of the reasons people adopt alternative technologies and some of their implications. By recognizing that these technologies have social implications, we can begin to question how to best use these technologies to promote sustainable communities.

Her talk is sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech's Department of Social Sciences, the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Keweenaw Land Trust.

The talk is free and open to the public. Coffee and tea will be served, and visitors are invited to bring cookies.

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