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Library Talk: What future for the book in a digital world?

25 April 2017
Library Talk: What future for the book in a digital world?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017, 12:30 - 14:00
UNOG Library Events Room B-135
Palais des Nations, Geneva

Throughout human history, the book has been one of the most important and powerful means for the creation, preservation and dissemination of knowledge. The future of the book as a cultural object is inseparable from the role of culture in promoting more inclusive and sustainable pathways to development.

In today’s digital world, the role of the printed book as a primary tool for opening doors to knowledge and combating illiteracy is uncertain. Many are worried about what technology means for books, with big publishing houses closing, new devices spreading and online bookstores growing ever more powerful. But to see technology purely as a threat to books risks missing a key point. After all, a printed book was also once a new invention that changed the world.

To celebrate the 2017 World Book and Copyright Day, we are inviting you to a thought-provoking discussion. Three distinguished writers and a renowned publisher will share their personal experiences with writing and reading and their visions on the role and place of books in the digital environment.

Metin Arditi
UNESCO Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue
Vera Michalski-Hoffmann
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, President of the publishing group Libella
Maurizio Enrico Luigi Serra
Ambassador and Representative of Italy to the United Nations Office and other
international organizations in Geneva

Francesco Pisano
Director, UN Library Geneva


For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 25 April 2017.

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