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UNI to host best-selling author Steven Johnson on The Digital Turn

April 1, 2014

Jim O'Loughlin, associate professor, languages and literatures, 319-273-2002,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host speaker Steven Johnson at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, in the Commons Ballroom on the UNI campus. The lecture is the keynote address of The Digital Turn: The 2013-14 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.

Johnson is a best-selling author of works including "Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter" and "Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age." This fall Johnson will star in the new PBS series "How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson."

"Steven Johnson's work is defined by sharp insights and clear writing about topics ranging from technology to science to popular culture," said Jim O'Loughlin, associate professor of languages and literatures. "His talk will give the Cedar Valley a sneak peek into what the rest of America will see when his PBS show airs."

This event is free and open to the public. Public parking is available in the Multimodal Transportation Center on 23rd Street, east of Campbell Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Business Administration and Visual Logic. For more information, contact O'Loughlin at 319-273-2002 or