Week Six explores our digital selves

The morning lectures of Week Six, themed “Digital Identity,” will explore the physiological, cultural and psychological consequences of living digitally and examine how our online presence shapes the concept of self, demands for privacy and the way we relate to one another.

Sherry Turkle, founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Initiative on Technology and Self, kicks off the week. Turkle also serves as Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT. Her most recent book is Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.

Tuesday morning features NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller. Schiller leads NBC News Digital, the digital division of NBC News, to ensure future growth and innovation of the network. Her responsibilities include strategic oversight of the network’s presence on the web, in mobile, devices and social media, including the websites NBCNews.com, TODAY.com, theGrio.com, NBCLatino.com and NBCPolitics.com. Schiller will be in conversation with NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik.

Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics at Arizona State University Braden Allenby is Wednesday morning’s lecturer. He is the founding director of the Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management at Arizona State, and the founding chair of the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security.

Taking the stage on Thursday is Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate. In that capacity, she writes the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Washington Post and Commentary, among other places.

The week’s morning lectures close with Andrew Zolli, executive director and curator of PopTech, an elite annual gathering of thought leaders that explores the social impact of technology. He is an expert in global foresight and innovation, studying the complex trends at the intersection of technology, sustainability and global society that are shaping our future.

The afternoon Interfaith Lecture Series for Week Six examines “The Life of Faith and the Digital Age,” beginning with the Rev. Paul Raushenbush, senior religion editor for The Huffington Post.

Lecturing Tuesday is the Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Anne Foerst, associate professor of computer science at St. Bonaventure University, will give the Interfaith Lecture Wednesday. She previously worked as a research scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT.

Thursday’s lecturer is Verity A. Jones, project director of the New Media Project and Research Fellow at Union Theological Seminary.

Week Six’s Interfaith Lecture Series concludes with a lecture by Rachel Wagner, assistant professor of religion and culture at Ithaca College.

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