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Tiffany Shlain to Speak about Tech Shabbat

Thursday, December 12, 2019 14 Kislev 5780

7:30 PM - 9:30 PMSanctuary

How can we observe Shabbat in our hectic modern world? How would it feel to unplug from technology one day a week?

Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Internet pioneer, and Webby Award founder Tiffany Shlain has done just that for the past decade — a practice she and her family call “tech Shabbat.” Shlain’s new book, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, takes readers on a provocative and entertaining journey through the past, present, and future of ideas about time and technology. She explains how going offline one day a week with her husband and daughters has transformed and enhanced her family’s life, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She also examines the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making a case for why we need to bring this ritual back.

After Shlain’s presentation, she will be interviewed by Dr. Michael Rich, founder of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital (affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health). The two of them will then take questions from the audience.

Shlain’s book will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Porter Square Books. Refreshments will be served.

Tiffany Shlain has been honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.” Her films and work have received more than eighty awards and distinctions, including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. Her UC Berkeley speech is on NPR’s list of best commencement addresses, and her films have premiered at top festivals, including Sundance. She lectures widely on the relationship between technology and humanity.

For more information, go to or or on twitter @tiffanyshlain.

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