Zoom Fatigue: Distance Learning and Social Engagement in the Age of Social Distancing


Welcome back to another episode of the 22 lessons on ethics and technology series, in a conversation with Dr. Judith Kalb about the growth of online education and technologies of virtual meeting.

How have our human interactions changed with the introduction, and normalization, of online meetings? How have virtual technologies transformed our relationships to one another, and to the information we exchange when we meet?  What are the ethics of learning and the transformation of what it means to learn, to teach, and to interact with our colleagues, students, and bosses online?

Dr. Judith E. Kalb is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and culture at the University of South Carolina. She earned a BA in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University and a joint PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Humanities at Stanford University. Dr. Kalb’s research focuses on the interactions between Russian culture and the Greco-Roman classical tradition. Her book Russia’s Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890-1930, examines the image of ancient Rome in the writings of Russian modernists. Her new project focuses on Russia’s reception of Homer. An award-winning teacher and a pioneer in online teaching and pedagogy, Dr. Kalb enjoys introducing students to the incredible world of Russian culture and the larger European literary tradition of which it forms a part.  

That’s all for this season of “Technically Human.” We will return with new episodes in April. In the meantime, check out our archive, of over 100 episodes of the show, featuring conversations with thinkers, critics, and leaders across fields, industries and from around the world about how we navigate our humanity in the age of technology. We’ll see you in April!

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