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Sociable Solitude

November 18, 2017
9:00 am
- 10:15 am

Dudley H. Davis Center
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Please note: This talk is part of our Fall Conference 2017. You must have registered for the conference to attend this event.

Ralph Waldo Emerson asserts that when we are reading a book we are not alone. In fact, sociologists and cognitive scientists today argue that even without a book, we never think alone. Sociable solitude—whether we find it in being alone with a book, alone in prayer, or alone with our phones—is an ancient human experience and pervasive element of contemporary life. What is sociable solitude in the age of social media and digital technology? What are its gifts, costs, and limits? Amy Hungerford, literature professor and Dean of Humanities at Yale, explores the history, practice, and meaning of sociable solitude in the internet age.


Photo by Hannah Wei


Richelle Franzoni
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