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New York Times technology writer to describe path from peace signs to the P.C.

John Markoff will speak at Lehigh on Wednesday, March 19.

The New York Times computer and technology writer John Markoff will explore the relations between today’s computer to the social and cultural upheavals of the 1960s during a talk at Lehigh on Wednesday, March 19.

The free, public lecture, titled “From Woodstock to the World Wide Web: The evolution of the personal computer,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Neville Hall room 1.

Markoff has recently published the book, What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry (2005). In the book, he introduces the “fathers of the personal computer” as radical and brilliant men who were heavily involved in the counterculture.

Markoff has also written The High Cost of High Tech (1985); Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier, co-written with Katie Hafner (1991), and Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of America’s Most Wanted Computer Outlaw, co-written with Tsutomu Shimomura (1996). In 2003, Marketing Computers magazine named him as one of the most important technology reporters in the country, and he has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize three times by The New York Times. When not writing about computers and technology, he teaches at Stanford University.

Markoff’s lecture is sponsored by The New York Times Readership Program, a program that provides Lehigh students with free copies of The New York Times, U.S.A. Today and The Morning Call. Other sponsors include Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, the engineering honors society Tau Beta Pi, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Student Auxiliary Services department.

--Becky Straw

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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