Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

OCU: Thompson to speak on digital life


Oklahoma City University will host technology writer and philosopher Clive Thompson on Sept. 19 for the Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series.

Thompson will speak at 7 p.m. that Tuesday in the Bass Music Center’s Petree Recital Hall. The presentation is free to the public.

Thompson is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. He writes about how technology affects everyday life, "from the linguistic style of emoji to the culture of screenshots."

"In an age where we are constantly consuming information, it is instructive to examine how the ‘round-the-clock flow of data affects our daily lives," said Amy Cataldi, dean of OCU’s Petree College of Arts and Sciences. "This presentation promises to be thought-provoking."

OCU takes studies to churches

Again this academic year, members of Oklahoma City University’s faculty and staff are offering to travel throughout the Oklahoma Conference to teach Sunday School classes and provide special studies on a wide range of topics. Those include: books and themes of the Bible, church history, Wesleyan studies, apocalyptic literature, Christian spirituality, and the life and teaching of Jesus.

Depending on distance and availability, presenters can lead up to three sessions.

OCU offers the service free of charge to churches in the Oklahoma and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conferences.

To request a study at your church, contact Charles Neff in the University-Church Relations Office, 405-208-5060 or cneff@okcu.edu. Rev. Dr. Neff is the vice president leading that office and dean of the chapel.

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