Talk to Explore Intersection of Technology, Personal Relationships

Published 01.06.2016

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The intersection of technology, interpersonal communication and human relationships will be explored in the third presentation of the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series, set for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Colloquia series continues Feb. 23“Technology and Interpersonal Relationships: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” will be presented by three faculty members in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications: Sandra Lakey, associate professor of speech communication-composition; Joe Loehr, associate professor of mass media communication/English-composition; and John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication-composition.

This timely topic will focus on how people's use – and sometimes overuse – of various forms of communication technology affect the initiation and development, maintenance, and termination of relationships in both positive and negative ways.

The speakers will explore ways that email, text and social media, especially when accessed through smartphones, have become integral to the ways people conduct their relationships.

The colloquium conversation intends to offer a better understanding of technology’s role in interpersonal relationships and ways to achieve balance in communications.

Dedicated in honor of a professor emeritus and the college’s 1984 Master Teacher, the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series features presentations by noted authors and academics that will challenge audiences to consider the impact of technology on our society.

The series began in 2014 as the Centennial Colloquia, part of the college’s Centennial celebration, and due to its success, it was decided the series would be ongoing.

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