Signal vs. Noise: George Prochnik, Arthur Schafer, and Paul Holdengraber in Conversation (Winnipeg)
On March 20, 2014 Spur Winnipeg in partnership with PEN Canada presents a conversation about how to filter the din around us with George Prochnik, Arthur Schafer, and Paul Holdengräber. In a world full of noise – from the 24-hour news cycle to Big Data – we’re flooded with new information. Spur begins its five-city festival of ideas with a conversation that cuts through the noise. Paul Holdengräber, George Prochnik, and Arthur Schafer discuss the search for meaning in a saturated world.
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Thursday, March 20, 2014
George Prochnik’s essays and reviews have been published in The New Yorker, Cabinet Magazine, The New York Times, The LA Review of Books, Bookforum and The Boston Globe, among other places. His new book, The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World, will be published in May. He has taught English and American literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is editor-at-large for Cabinet Magazine, and the author of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise and Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the Purpose of American Psychology.
Arthur Schafer has published widely on moral, social and political philosophy. He is author of The Buck Stops Here: Reflections on Moral Responsibility, Democratic Accountability and Military Values, and co-editor of Ethics and Animal Experimentation. Professor Schafer is National Research Associate of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Paul Holdengräber is Director of Public Programs at The New York Public Library and founder and Director of LIVE from the NYPL. Since his arrival in 2004, he has reinvented the Library’s event series, transforming them into happenings, or as he likes to say, into “cognitive theatre.” Holdengräber has curated over 550 programs on such diverse subjects as Google’s digitization of American libraries, the ownership of culture, and themes such as Lust and Obituaries.