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The Hermeneutics of Attention


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Full course description

Thursday, June 20, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (ET) | Hybrid Lecture


 Fordham University at Lincoln Center

Leon Lowenstein Building

E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center - 12th Floor Lounge

Lowenstein Building

113 W 60th St

New York, NY 10023  and Online via Zoom


This event is free to the public, please use the promotional code BURNETT24 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. As per the credentialing bodies, we can only grant CEs for synchronous attendance of events (online or in-person). Please pay and register for the lecture so that we may keep track of your attendance. Your CE registration status may not be changed after the event.


Drawing on recent work in the history of science and technology, Professor D. Graham Burnett will review the changing understanding of human attention in the modern period, in an effort to draw out a distinction between "instrumentalizing" theories of human attentional response (on the one hand) and "irreducible" treatments of the same dynamics/phenomena (on the other). The aim of the presentation will be to contextualize and critique the explosive growth of a suite of industries that currently engage in what can best be called "human fracking" -- the extraction of value from individuals and populations through the wholesale commodification of the human capacity to care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate a psychologically rich understanding of attentional processes.
  2. Identify and explain what forces conspire in today's culture to rob us of our attention.
  3. Assess new methods for combating attention "fracking" in its various forms.
  4. Explain how attention functions in clinical settings and what distractions may be implicit in the therapeutic dynamic itself.

Timeline and Requirements:

This lecture is presenter-led and is a hybrid experience. This will be conducted synchronously online and in person at Fordham University as part of the Cura Psychologia Project from 7:00 PM - 8:30PM (ET).

CE Sponsorship: 

Participants must attend the lecture in full and complete the post-event survey to be eligible to receive CEs. This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed below.

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

This program has been approved for 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approval Program Authorization Number D92627-2.

Conflict of Interest Notification

There is no commercial support for this program or any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During this program, Professor D. Graham Burnett will discuss the utility/validity of the content/approach offered as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common (and severe) risks, if any exist.

Fees & Policies:

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes June 20 at 7:15 PM. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. No refunds will be granted for errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email upon registration, login failure, scheduling conflicts, etc.)

This lecture is made possible through the support of Grant 62632 from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed by these presenters do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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