Sherry Turkle, founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Initiative on Technology and Self, will give this centennial year’s Lowell Lecture, titled “The Tethered Life: Technology Reshapes Intimacy and Solitude,” on May 14 (8 p.m., Lowell Lecture Hall), hosted by the Harvard University Extension School.

Turkle, a featured media commentator on many network and cable news programs, has focused her research on psychoanalysis and culture and on the psychology of people’s relationship with technology, especially computer technology. Her focus has been on what computers do to our relationships, families, and ways of thinking about what is special about being human. Turkle considers the significant impact technology has on our personal and political lives, including the effect on our children, our families, and society’s notions of privacy.

For more information about the lecture and other upcoming events, visit the Harvard Extension School Web site.