Romance in the Information Age

THU, FEB 15, 2018

Has love become a transactional affair or do we still pine for old-fashioned declarations of love? In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, over one million people will visit poets.org in search of the perfect way to express love and devotion to their friends and lovers. Even in these days of electronic intimacy, a “text” does not seem to carry the same kudos as a handwritten love note. Historically, perhaps no human experience is more represented in art and literature than that of love, but will the e-mail ever replace the love letter and will recipients take the trouble to save them for decades to come?

Image: Giuseppe Imperato/Flickr

+ BIO: Christine Rosen

Christine Rosen is a senior editor of The New Atlantis, where she writes about the social and cultural impact of technology, as well as bioethics and the history of genetics.

Ms. Rosen’s past books have included Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement, a history of the ethical and religious debates surrounding the eugenics movement in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2004), and My Fundamentalist Education, the story of a Christian fundamentalist school in Florida (PublicAffairs, 2005).

She is the editor of Acculturated, a web magazine dedicated to pop culture and virtue that grew out of the book Acculturated (Templeton, 2011), which Ms. Rosen edited (with Naomi Schaefer Riley). She is a former Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation, and she also writes a monthly column for Commentary magazine, called “The Way We Live Now.”

Ms. Rosen’s essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The American Historical Review, and The New England Journal of Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Emory University and is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She lives with her children in Washington, D.C.

+ BIO: Johnny Lee Davenport

From the time he was cast in the role of Jaquot in the musical Carnival at Aurora West High School, Johnny Lee Davenport has recognized and been driven by the power of theatre. Since then, he has appeared in more than 200 professional productions throughout the United States, Canada, and Ireland.

The focus of his stage career became more specific when, in 1988, he was selected to represent The Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival of Canada and joined the Young Company, performing in King Lear, Oedipus, The Critic, and Twelfth Night. This experience ignited his passion for classical theatre, and as a result, he began “chasing Shakespeare.” In 1989, he trained at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., and became a company member. He continues to perform with the company today.

+ BIO: Curt DeCamillo

Curt DiCamillo, internationally recognized authority on English country houses and the decorative arts, joined NEHGS in February 2016 as our first Curator of Special Collections.

A longtime member of NEHGS, Curt has led highly successful heritage tours for us to England and Scotland, lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Curt was previously Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, where he successfully raised more than $7 million and initiated many innovative programs.

As Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS, Curt will provide strategic direction and expert guidance for organizing and exhibiting our extensive collection of family history-related artifacts and fine arts.

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