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2018 Chautauqua Season

2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Maggie Jackson

Jul 31, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jul 31, 2018 3:15pm



Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and journalist whose acclaimed book Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention (2nd Ed., September 2018) has been compared to Silent Spring for its prescient warnings of our tech-driven crisis of inattention.  Now updated with a new preface, the book reveals the scientific discoveries that can help rekindle our powers of focus in a world of splintered attention. Named a Best Summer Book by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and featured in media worldwide, Distracted is "more essential than ever" (Nicholas Carr) and “concentrates the mind on a real problem of modern life” (The Wall Street Journal)

Jackson is known for her penetrating writings on social trends, particularly technology’s impact on humanity. Her commentary and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New Philosopher, and on National Public Radio, among many other publications across the globe.  Her essays feature in numerous anthologies, including State of the American Mind: Sixteen Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism (Templeton, 2015) and The Digital Divide: Arguments For and Against Facebook, Google, Texting and the Age of Social Networking (Penguin, 2011).

Jackson is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and fellowships, including a 2016 Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowship and Media Awards from the Work-Life Council of the Conference Board; the Massachusetts Psychological Association; and the Women’s Press Club of New York. For a National Public Radio segment on the lack of labor protections offered to child newspaper carriers, she was a finalist for a Hillman Prize, one of journalism’s highest honors for social justice reporting.  Jackson also has served as an affiliate of the Institute of the Future in Palo Alto; a Journalism Fellow in Child and Family Policy at the University of Maryland; and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Museum for Art in Wood in Philadelphia. Her website has been named a Forbes Top 100 Site for Women three times.

Jackson has been a featured speaker at Harvard Business School, the New York Public Library, the annual invitation-only Forbes CMO summit, the Simmons and other top women’s leadership conferences, and other corporations, libraries, hospitals, schools, religious organizations, and bookstores. A graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics with highest honors, Jackson lives with her family in New York and Rhode Island. Learn more at www.maggie-jackson.com.


  • Maggie Jackson, author "Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age"

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