Virginia Heffernan will discuss "The Digital Dialectic": analog culture, digital culture and what's next. Heffernan is a national correspondent for Yahoo News, where her column, Machine Politics, appears every Thursday. For eight years, she wrote for The New York Times as a critic and columnist. Before that, she was a writer and editor at Slate and Harper's Magazine. She regularly speaks at universities, corporations and conferences, and has also written for The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Salon, Glamour, The Boston Phoenix, Marie Claire, The Moment, Tablet, and many more publications. Her works has been widely anthologized and in 2013 Free Press will publish her book, Magic and Loss: The Pleasures of the Internet. In 2002, she received a Ph.D. in English from Harvard.