March 11, 2002

Education in the Virtual World

Freedom in a virtualized world means being able to choose among unlimited options in every sphere of experience and activity because it doesn't really matter what you choose. That is the condition we face as educators. The presentation offered examples of what happens to people in Virtuality, cast in such a way as to expose the implications for education.

About The Speaker: Thomas de Zengotita teaches at the Dalton School and at the Draper Graduate Program at New York University. He holds a B.A., M.A. And Ph.D. In Anthropology from Columbia University. Recent publications include "On Wittgenstein's 'Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough'" in Cultural Anthropology, "Celebrity, Irony and You" in The Nation, "The Gunfire Dialogues" in Harper's, "Geometry" in The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years, "World World: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blob" in Harper's, and "Guys with Gear" in Shout. He also contributed to Language and Learning: the Debate Between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky, the published notes of the 1975 conference held at Abbaye de Royaumont near Paris.

"World World: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blob" in Harper's Magazine, July 2000
"The Gunfire Dialogues" in Harper's Magazine, July 1999
"Celebrity, Irony and You" in The Nation, December 2, 1996