The College of Liberal Arts' University Forum Lecture Series presents "Becoming Insomniac: How Sleeplessness Alarmed Modernity," a talk by Lee Scrivner, visiting lecturer in humanities, University of Rosario, Columbia.
Doctors attribute the recent increase in chronic sleeplessness to the 24-hour media saturations of the internet age. But the connection between technology and insomnia is hardly new. In the Victorian period, it was widely and worriedly believed that telegraphs and telephones, electric lights, and night trains would forever encroach upon the night and the mind at the expense of sufficient sleep. Scrivner's talk explores the history and phenomena of this “modern insomnia.”