Cal Newport, Bestselling Author and Technology Scholar is Coming to Duke

 September 26, 2023


Renowned author and technology scholar Cal Newport will speak in Duke’s Penn Pavilion on Thursday, October 5, @ 5:00 p.m. as part of the Crown Lecture in Ethics Series. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register for your free spot.

Cal Newport
Cal Newport Speaks at Penn Pavilion on Oct. 5

Newport is a celebrated author and computer science professor and has gained international acclaim for his work on the ethical intersections of productivity and technology. His thought-provoking books, including "Deep Work," "Digital Minimalism," and “A World Without Email,” have revolutionized the way individuals approach their work, productivity, and well-being in an increasingly digital world.

The upcoming event promises to be a rare opportunity for students, faculty, and the broader community to engage with Newport's insights on the ethical challenges posed by our technology-driven society. His ability to blend rigorous research with practical advice has made him a sought-after speaker.

The Crown Lecture in Ethics Series, hosted by Sanford, has a long-standing tradition of bringing distinguished thought leaders to the university to discuss pressing ethical issues. This year, Newport's talk is expected to delve into topics such as the impact of technology on our personal lives, the ethics of digital distraction, and strategies for maintaining focus in a hyperconnected world.

Sanford welcomes the public, students, faculty, and all those interested in ethics, technology, and productivity to join them in welcoming Cal Newport and engaging in a thought-provoking dialogue about the ethical challenges of our digital age.

About the Crown Lecture Series: Endowed by Lester Crown, this prestigious lecture is open to the public and the entire Duke University campus. This lecture series brings speakers to campus to discuss the ethical implications of issues in the arts, sciences, medicine, business and other fields. It was conceived to be the centerpiece of Sanford School’s efforts to guide students, faculty, and public opinion on the critical importance of ethical decision-making in the professions and public life. Crown is an enterprising businessman, active civic leader, and chairman emeritus of Henry Crown and Company. Event partners for this lecture include the Sanford School of Public Policy and Technology Policy Program. For questions about this event, please feel free to email