Philosophy Professor Alexis Elder to Speak on Social Technology and the Good Life

Released Sept. 20, 2016

Alexis Elder
Dr. Alexis Elder

Dr. Alexis Elder, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will speak on Social Technology and the Good Life when she visits Quinebaug Valley Community College on September 27 and 28.

Elder’s presentation kicks off the 2016-17 On Cue: Conversations at QV series. On Cue, launched earlier this year, features a diverse group of speakers, panel discussions, and other programs focusing on a relevant topic or theme.

This year’s theme is The Good Life: What does it mean to lead a good life in the early 21st century? What are the prospects for the good life in the face of economic inequality, ethical scandals, environmental degradation, and other challenges? How can we flourish and secure true happiness for ourselves and others?

Elder, a Connecticut native, is a product of its higher education system, having earned her B.A. in philosophy from Southern Connecticut State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Her areas of specialization include ethics and social philosophy, with research focusing on friendships and other close-knit social groups, especially the ways that emerging technologies impact them.

Elder will speak at the College’s Willimantic Center on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. The following day, Wednesday, Sept. 28, she will speak at the Danielson campus at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

For more information, contact Mark Lowe, instructor of humanities, at 860-932-4912 or