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Opening Convocation to Feature Author Andrew Keen on September 3

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 21, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – This year’s Opening Convocation will feature guest speaker Andrew Keen, author of “Digital Vertigo:  How Today’s Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us” (Macmillan/ May 2012), on Tuesday, September 3 in the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center at 1 p.m. The book was the assigned summer reading project for the incoming class of 2017. It looks critically at the dehumanizing effects of social media and its ability to mine personal data and use it in ways that users of social media never considered.

In addition, Keen is the author of the international hit “The Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing our Culture,” which has been published in 17 different languages and was short-listed for the 2008 Higham’s Business Technology Book of the Year award. He also founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. As the CEO of Audiocafe.com, Keen has been featured in many magazines including Esquire, Business 2.0 and Fast Company.

Keen’s writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines around the world including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist and Wired. He is the host of the iconic TechCrunch “Keen On” chat show, writes a regular column for CNN and appears regularly on television in Europe and North America.

Open Convocation is an all-campus event held annually at the beginning of each new academic year. As a formal academic ceremony, Convocation highlights the summer reading selection and provides an experiential learning opportunity for students. The Guest Speaker is associated with the First-Year Seminar’s summer reading and provides students with a hands-on opportunity to connect with the summer reading selection.

For more information about Opening Convocation, please visit https://www.ramapo.edu/convocation/.

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Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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