Communication, Media, and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century
Speaker: Dr. Karim H. Karim
Date: 7 August 2014, 4.00 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia (UCA), 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic,2nd Floor Conference Room.
The age-old problem of misunderstanding between people persists despite the remarkable growth of communications technology and the interweaving of the world’s peoples through globalization. The human race has invested enormously in the means of communication. Vast amounts of data are whizzing across the planet at a lightning pace. Satellites, the Internet, mobile devices, and other media are increasingly enabling people in mountains and deserts to participate in the 21st century feast of information. But let us remember the questions that the poet T.S. Eliot asked 90 years ago: “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” Are individuals any wiser for all the information that they absorb on a daily basis? What are the obstacles to knowledge and wisdom? Human beings are not information-processing machines but have the capacity to carry out multi-dimensional thinking. We are characterized by the ability to interpret information contextually and critically in order to make it useful. In addition to learning how to operate media and communications technologies, it is vital for the long-term growth of society to obtain the intellectual training to make sense of information in a thoughtful manner. The improvement of a society’s quality of life is dependent on knowing how to interpret critically the endless streams of words and images that appear on screens.
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Karim H. Karim, Ph.D., is a Professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication, of which he was previously the Director (2006-2009). He is currently the Director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam. Dr. Karim also served as a Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, UK (2009-2011) and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in 2004. Before joining academia, he worked as Senior Researcher and as Senior Policy Analyst in the Department of Canadian Heritage. He has also been Chairperson of the Federal Digitization Task Force’s Working Group on the Accessibility to Digitized Collections and an elected Chairperson of Canadian Heritage’s Committee on Equal Access and Participation. He holds degrees in Islamic Studies and Communication Studies from Columbia and McGill Universities.
The presentation will be in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.