Timely Symposium Focuses on Internet Complexities


Timely Symposium Focuses on Internet Complexities 

 February 23, 2009


The Jon E. Nadherny / Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium, now in its 11th year of providing world class presenters for our community, will tackle the complex issues of the high speed digital information age and it’s effects on young people in our society. This year’s program, “ Cyberpschology : The Internet and Youth in the New Millennium “ will be held on Friday, March 6, 2009  at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz and will feature presentations by Frank Farley, Ph.D. of Temple University and current president of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Media Psychology and Lori Getz of Cyber Education Consultants. Their presentations promise to be timely and informative and will explore the opportunities, challenges and risks that society faces as this form of communication grows exponentially around the world.


Following the presentations by Dr. Farley and Ms. Getz,  they will join Detective Dave Pawlak, Investigations Division of the Santa Cruz Police Department and Irene Medina, a counselor with Santa Cruz City Schools for a panel discussion and question and answer session with questions submitted by the audience. Detective Pawlak brings first hand local expertise in the area of internet criminal activity, including predatory behavior. Ms. Medina, through her work with young people in schools will address a wide range of issues, including ‘cyberbullying”. As in past years, the symposium will be taped by Community Television of Santa Cruz County for future broadcast on Community TV.


It seems that each day there is an item in the newspaper or on the news that involves YouTube, MySpace or FaceBook, just to name a few, and the internet and digital communication has woven itself into the very fabric of our lives. This symposium will start to unravel the interrelated issues of the digital age and begin to explore and deepen our understanding of what promises to be the shape of things to come.


The Annual Nadherny / Calciano Symposium is sponsored by the Nadherny / Calciano Family in collaboration with the Dominican Hospital Foundation and is held in part as a tribute to Jon E. Nadherny who tragically lost his life to suicide at the age of 23 in 1995.


For more information on the Nadherny/Calciano Symposium as well as to register to attend this years event, please go to www.calcianoyouthsymposium.org.