Impact in the 21st Century

EP#4: Maryanne Wolf - The Power of Reading | Changing Our Own Brains | Screens vs. Books

October 30, 2020

Maryanne Wolf is an author, scholar, teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the  newly created Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

How did reading change our own brains? What's the state of literacy of North America today? Should Twitter ever be used in politics? Is technology overpowering our ability to read? In this episode, hear Maryanne Wolf discuss the impact of her work concerning reading, the human brain, and the rise of technology. 

Maryanne Wolf's books:

  • Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (2007, HarperCollins)
  • Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain (Edited; York, 2001) 
  • Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (2016, Oxford University Press)
  • Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (August, 2018, HarperCollins)

Thank you to RBC for sponsoring this episode!

What is Impact in the 21st Century?

Impact in the 21st Century is a podcast created by Simbi Foundation, a non-profit organisation working to support the next 3.5 million refugee learners with solar-powered classrooms called BrightBoxes. This podcast brings to light the positive social impact made by activists, academics, authors, founders, and innovators.

Who hosts Impact in the 21st Century?

Aaron Friedland is a National Geographic Explorer, PhD Candidate in Econometrics at UBC, Executive Director of Simbi Foundation, and innovator of the BrightBox solution and the unique reading platform Simbi.

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