2017 Winner: Sherry Turkle

MIT professor Sherry Turkle – scholar and critic of technology’s impact, public intellectual and bestselling author – is the recipient of the 2017 Everett M. Rogers AwardRead the full press release.

WATCH highlights of her interview with Marty Kaplan.

Often referred to as “the Margaret Mead of digital culture,” and called a “conscience for the tech world” by novelist Jonathan Franzen in the New York Times Book Review, Professor Turkle studies the effects on human relationships of digital technology, including the personal computer, social networks, mobile connectivity and artificial intelligence. She has described technology as the “architect of our intimacies,” and her work has explored how digital communication devices affect the ways we understand ourselves, relate to others and experience our humanity.

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Professor Turkle spoke on “The Assault on Empathy; the Need for Conversation” at the USC Annenberg School. Her talk was not videotaped as the material is a work-in-progress, but she spoke about much of her current research in this trenchant interview with Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan.

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship and the Harvard Centennial Medal, and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. She was named “Woman of the Year” by Ms. Magazine and among the “forty under forty” who are changing the nation by Esquire Magazine. Her newest book is the New York Times bestseller, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.