THE READING BRAIN IN THE DIGITAL AGE

LECTIO MAGISTRALIS BY MARYANNE WOLF


organization Region of Umbria
in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America in Italy, Spoleto59 Festival of 2Worlds, Centre for Books and Reading 
under the patronage of Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism
with the participation of the students from the National Academy of Dramatic Arts "Silvio d’Amico"



"Today’s culture is the product of the reading brain"

The coming of digital culture has led to a change of paradigm that is reorganizing the brain of the new generations according to new parameters. What do we still not know? Which gains and which losses are there for new readers? 
Maryanne Wolf, world renowned cognitive neuro-scientist, will offer a lectio magistralis and will discuss her recent studies with some of the most important Italian experts. 

Introduction 
Fernanda Cecchini, Cultural Councillor, Regione Umbria 
Jeffrey E. Galvin, Press Attaché U.S. Embassy to Italy
Romano Montroni, President Centre for Books and Reading, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism

Discussion with Maryanne Wolf 
Leonardo Fogassi, Neuro-physiology professor at Università di Parma, member of the Italian team that discovered mirror neurons  professore di Neurofisiologia all’Università degli Studi di Parma
Maria Grazia Mattei, digital culture and communication expert, founder of Meet the Media Guru   
Gino Roncaglia, Applied Computer Sciences at Università della Tuscia, member of Forum del libro and a world-renowned scholar and researcher on the history and the future of books

Moderator
Marco Piazza, journalist, tv screenwriter



MARYANNE WOLF | She is one of the most known cognitive neuroscientists. Researcher of reading, and in particular of dyslexia, she teaches at Tufts University (Massachusetts, USA), where she is the John DiBaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and directs the Center for Reading and Language Research.