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King University News :: Award-Winning Author and Journalist to Speak at King

Maggie Jackson, award-winning author and journalist, will speak at King College on Monday, February 8, 2010.

Best known for her penetrating coverage of U.S. social issues in her column, “Balancing Acts,” for the Sunday Boston Globe, Jackson’s work also appears in the New York Times, Gastronomica, and on National Public Radio.

Jackson ’s first book, “What’s Happening to Home? Balancing Work Life, and Refuge in the Information Age,” examined the loss of home as a refuge. Her latest book, “Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age,” details the steep costs of our current epidemic deficits of attention, while revealing the astonishing scientific discoveries that can help us rekindle our powers of focus in a world of speed and overload.

A graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics with highest honors, Jackson is a former foreign correspondent for The Associated Press in Tokyo and London. She has won numerous awards, including the Media Award from the Work-Life Council of the Conference Board.

Jackson will present “The Gift of Attention: Cultivating Focus in a Distracted Land,” at 10:30 a.m. in King’s Memorial Chapel. At 7 p.m., she will present “The Body at the Threshold: The Fate of the Earthly in a Virtual World,” in the King College Boardroom in the Student Center Complex. The events are open to the public and free of charge.

For more information, visit or contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156.