Provost Speaker Series

The Provost Speaker Series

The Provost Speaker Series is sponsored by the Provost Office at UMass Lowell. The series seeks to bring together students, faculty, and others in the UMass Lowell community and the public to forge enriching opportunities that help enhance and evolve people’s education and lives. These events are free and open to the public. RSVP to

Past Events


“The Networked Way,"presentation by Mr. Lee Rainie
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2014

Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, Rainie shared the Project’s latest findings about how people use the internet, their smart phones, and social media like Facebook and Twitter. He explored how revolutionary changes in technology have affected the way people use their social networks to learn, solve problems, and just plain hang out together. And he highlighted how students and workers can adopt new “networking” skills and behaviors that will help them move through life.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is a non-profit, non–partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the internet.

The Project has issued more than 350 reports based on its surveys that examine people's online activities and the internet's role in their lives.

Rainie is a co-author of the new book Networked: The New Social Operating System, a book about the social impact of technology that was written with Barry Wellman. He also is a co-author of "Up for Grabs, Hopes and Fears, Ubiquity, Mobility, Security" and "Challenges and Opportunities" – a series of books about the future of the internet.

Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.