Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120
Fischetti to Present Public Attaway Lectures at Centenary College
Feb. 4, 5 and 6
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Mark Fischetti, writer and editor for numerous
national publications, will visit Centenary College during the week
of Feb. 3 as the college’s spring semester Attaway Fellow
in Civic Culture.
The Attaway professorships attract to campus public figures who
make distinctive contributions to the intellectual life of students
as well as the members of the community. The visiting scholars present
themselves not as academics who occasionally have public roles,
but as full-time public intellectuals and gifted communicators whose
foremost interest is civic culture.
Fischetti, who writes and edits primarily for science, technology
and business publications, will present three public lectures during
his week at Centenary:
· “Denying the Obvious: How We Cultivate Drug-Resistant
Diseases,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Kilpatrick Auditorium,
· “Why the Web Remains a Grassroots Medium,”
2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, Carlile Auditorium (Room 114), Mickle
· “Can Detroit Build a 40-mpg SUV?” 11:10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 6, Kilpatrick Auditorium, Smith Building.
Fischetti is contributing editor for Scientific American
and has written for Smithsonian, The New York Times, Science,
Omni, MIT’s Technology Review, Forbes and
He is the editor or coauthor of the books Weaving the Web
(with Tim Berners-Lee for HarperColllins, 1999), A User’s
Guide to the Brain (by John Ratey, Random House, 2001), The
Chemistry of Conscious States (by Allan Hobson, Little Brown,
1994) and the forthcoming The New Killer Diseases (with
Elinor Levy, Random House, 2003).
The periodicals for which he has served as editor include Family
Business, IEEE Spectrum, Harvard Business Review and Issues
in Science and Technology.
His article “Drowning New Orleans,” from the October
2001 issue of Scientific American, is included in the anthology
Centenary publishes for its first-year students, Negotiating
Centenary’s Attaway professorships are named in honor of
the late Douglas and Marion Attaway. They combine the advantages
of guest speakers and internship programs as they provide brief
residencies as the fellows interact personally with students and
the community. Like internships, the Attaway professors play a mentoring
role that encourages students to engage in similar intellectual
endeavors. As guest speakers, the Attaway professors bring to campus
perspectives that are often underrepresented in the academy.