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Friday, October 7 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Moral Formation in a Mediated and Buffered Culture

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Understanding the character of young people and how they learn is not a matter of having a good theory about “youth education” but of actually knowing young people as particulars, not simply as an age group, and being attentive to, and reflective about, the culture in which they are immersed. It is a commonplace to lament the toxicity of the culture, but it may be that we are still failing to appreciate the profound transformative effect it has, especially on young people. As Pope Benedict noted in his 2011 address to Carthusian monks at St. Bruno monastery, we are witnessing an “anthropological mutation” in the younger generations resulting from, among other things, their near constant immersion in mediating technology. This presentation will address the nature of this mutation and the significance it has for us as teachers thinking about moral formation.

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Jake Noland

Supervising Instructor, St. Thomas More Academy
Before joining STMA in 2013 I taught at the University of Richmond, VCU and Texas A&M University. I hold a BA in Philosophy from UVA, an MPSA and PhD in Philosophy from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Richmond.

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 118