Author Events

Upcoming Events

March 2015

Katie Davis: Mercer Island High School

March 30 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Mercer Island High School,

9100 Southeast 42nd Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040 United States

Free for Mercer Island PTA Members; $10 for Non-members

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February 2015

Katie Davis: Parent Education Lecture at University Prep

February 4 @ 6:30 pm9:00 pm

University Prep,

8000 25th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115 United States

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January 2015

Katie Davis: Atlantic Conference of Independent Schools annual meeting

January 23

Atlantic Conference of Independent Schools,

Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

Katie Davis was an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Conference of Independent Schools (ACIS), Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Katie Davis: Invited Speaker at St. Paul’s School

January 31

St. Paul’s School,

325 Pleasant St, Concord, NH United States

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December 2014

Katie Davis: 21st Century Learning Conference Keynote

December 11 @ 8:00 am – December 13 @ 5:00 pm

21st Century Learning International,

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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November 2014

Katie Davis: Glenbard Parent Series, Afternoon and Evening Programs

November 19 @ 12:00 pm2:00 pm
Marquardt Administration Center1860 Glen Ellyn Rd., Glendale Heights, IL United States
November 19 @ 7:00 pm

Glenbard West, 670 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL United States

The 2014-15 Glenbard Parent Series will feature Katie Davis in two presentations on “The App Generation: How Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in Today’s Digital World”  on Wednesday November 19. The series engages top experts, parents, and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of a stronger community. Expert presenters facilitate real-world parenting skills that enhance our teens’ social and emotional development, encourage responsible decision-making, and promote respect-based relationships keeping our adolescents safe. The first program will take place from 12:00 p.m.…

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Howard Gardner: Luncheon Presentation at the Asia Society

November 13 @ 12:30 pm2:00 pm

Asia Society,

9 Justice Drive Admiralty Hong Kong Hong Kong

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The current generation of youth is deeply – some would say totally – involved with digital media. In “The App Generation”, Professors Howard Gardner and Katie Davis explore what it means for today’s young people to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled”, and how life for this generation differs from life before the digital era, particularly in three vital areas of adolescent life: identity, intimacy and imagination. Through innovative research, including interviews of young people, focus groups of those who work with…

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Past Events

October 2014

Katie Davis: The human brain and social media: how are individuals changing?

October 28

Cattolica del Sacro Cuore University,

Milan, Italy

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Digital technologies, social media sites, and other online spaces play a significant role in young people’s lives today. Certain qualities of digital spaces—including their public or semi-public nature, 24/7 connectivity, and the arm’s length quality of computer-mediated communication—introduce new dynamics to our actions and interactions online. What are the implications for growing up in this digital world? In her talk, Davis will explore the role of digital media in three vital areas of adolescent life: identity, intimacy, and imagination. Drawing…

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Howard Gardner: Digital by Design

October 25 @ 2:15 pmOctober 28 @ 5:00 pm

Old South Sanctuary,

645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA United States

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This session treats topics that explore both the beauty and the beast of the digital world. Acclaimed novelist and coder Vikram Chandra discusses the connections between technology and art in Geek Sublime, called by the New York Times “an unexpected tour de force.” Judith Donath’s The Social Machine proposes ways to design computer interfaces that truly reflect our social world and argues that although online interactions are often not as good as in-person ones, sometimes they can be better. Finally,…

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Howard Gardner: Whitby’s Fall 2014 Lecture

October 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Temple Sholom,

300 E. Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT United States

July 2014

Howard Gardner and Katie Davis: Plenary Talk at the Project Zero Classroom

July 24 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Project Zero Classroom, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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June 2014

Katie Davis: Microsoft Research Visiting Speaker Series

June 5

Microsoft Research,

Redmond, WA United States

Katie Davis: TEDSalon Berlin

June 23


friedrichstrasse 101, Berlin, 10117 Germany

The theme of TEDSalon Berlin is “Bits of Knowledge,” and it promises to explore the forces of politics, science and technological innovation, which are combining to create change at a faster and faster pace. The TEDSalon program features 15 speakers and performers who will explore this space, from mapping slums to big data to new online social movements.

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May 2014

Howard Gardner: Boston Children’s Museum Lunch & Learn

May 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Boston Children’s Museum,

308 Congress Street, Boston, MA United States

Dr. Howard Gardner has described today’s youth as the “App Generation”. Dr. Gardner will speak on the power of apps to shape young people and the way digital technology affects their lives in three key areas: identity, intimacy, and imagination. He will discuss apps which limit and those that stimulate our “multiple intelligences”.

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Howard Gardner: Landmarks Lecture

May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Harvard Club of Boston,

374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 United States

Howard Gardner, one of the country’s leading thinkers on education and moral, emotional, and social development, talks about the rise of digital media and the profound effect it is having on the next generation. In his new book, The App Generation, co-written by Katie Davis, Gardner explores what it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled” and how digital media is shaping three vital areas of adolescent life: identity, intimacy, and imagination. He will also discuss how this relates to the music world.…

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April 2014

Katie Davis: Seattle Town Hall book talk

April 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

The Pub at Town Hall,

1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 United States

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Today’s youth seem inseparable from the fast-changing technologies that define our times. In a world where rotary phones and dial-up internet are unknown concepts, has this generation become “app-enabled” and “app-dependent”? In The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, Katie Davis (an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington) traces the history of the digital revolution and its effect on creativity, as well as the many potential benefits of work organized around apps, suggesting that these tools can even serve as a “springboard” for creative thinking and life goals beyond the tasks they’ve been designed to fulfill.

March 2014

Katie Davis Book Signing at The Bookmart

March 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Bookmart,

Hamilton, Bermuda

February 2014

Annenberg Public Policy Center Speaker Series: Katie Davis

February 18 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Annenberg Public Policy Center,

202 South 36th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States

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The Annenberg Public Policy Center is hosting a lunchtime speaker series to engage with scholars, practitioners and policymakers in fields that are relevant to the policy center’s work, including adolescent health, children and media, and political communication. The series is open to the public and all University of Pennsylvania faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Seating is limited, and an RSVP is required. All talks will be in the second-floor atrium at the APPC, at 202 South 36th…

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Katie Davis at Learning and the Brain Conference

February 13 – 15

The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel,

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108 United States

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Teaching Self-Aware Minds: Using Brain Science to Boost Social and Emotional Skills Cognitive and Social Neuroscience research has found that social-emotional skills, such as self-awareness, self-regulation and resilience, are often more important than IQ for academic and later life success. Yet, many students today lack these necessary skills. Discover strategies for boosting self-awareness, self-control, relationships and resilience so students can succeed in a standards-based, distracted, disconnected, digital age. Katie Davis will discuss The App Generation under the “Developing Social Minds in a…

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December 2013

Howard Gardner on the App Generation

December 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

Buttenwieser Hall,

Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128 United States

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Are you baffled by how younger people live in a digital world? Are you living in that world and don’t see what the fuss is about? Either way, you’ll want to hear from Harvard professor Howard Gardner. In his new book,The App Generation, Gardner looks at what’s different for today’s adolescents. Apps can either stunt or spur creativity, limit or encourage personal connections. We can choose to be “app-dependent” or “app-enabled.” Find out how.

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The App Generation Cambridge Forum

November 18, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

First Parish in Cambridge,

3 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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Famed Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner and Katie Davis of the University of Washington’s Information School discuss the ways in which digital media are changing the manner in which young people learn and relate to the world. Focusing on adolescents, the speakers explore what it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled.” How does life for this generation differ from life before the digital age? What downsides do they see to young people’s deep involvement with apps? What benefits?

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October 2013

Askwith Forum: The App Generation

October 21, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Askwith Forum, Harvard Graduate School of Education,

13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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Some might say the current generation of youth is deeply — perhaps totally — engrossed with digital media. Calling today’s young people, “The App Generation,” Professor Howard Gardner and University of Washington Assistant Professor Katie Davis  will discuss what it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled,” and how  this generation’s life differs from the one before the digital era — concepts they explore in their forthcoming book, The App Generation. Speakers: • Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, HGSE; and…

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October 15, 2013 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts,

217 West 147th Street, New York, NY 10039 United States

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“The Brain: Pre, Present and Post Internet” hosted by Jacques D’Amboise National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts, 217 West 147th Street, New York, NY Featuring Howard Gardner with Lise Castellucci, Vincent Castellucci, Joseph Ledoux and Ellen Winner, and Andrea Shindler, moderator Has the internet rewired our brains? Join us as we bring together some of the greatest minds in education, neuroscience, and psychology to explore the impact that technology has made, and will make, on past, present…

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The App Generation at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts

October 2, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce,

8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ United Kingdom

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“The App Generation: Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in the Digital Era” Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce Professor Howard Gardner explores the challenges facing today’s young people as they navigate three vital areas of adolescent life – identity, intimacy and imagination – in a digital world. How can we ensure that new technologies act as a springboard to greater creativity and higher aspiration?

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