BERKMAN CENTER FOR INTERNET & SOCIETY AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY June 23, 2010 // Upcoming events and digital media
 [TUESDAY 6/29] Berkman Center Luncheon Series: "Creating an
Enduring Commons" with Lewis Hyde, Berkman Fellow
[REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON 6/28-30] COMMUNIA 2010 Conference on
"University and Cyberspace: Reshaping Knowledge Institutions for the
Networked Age", taking place in Torino, Italy. Visit
http://www.communia2010.org/ to learn more and register.
[TUESDAY] BERKMAN LUNCHEON SERIES on CREATING AN ENDURING COMMONS ================================================================================== 6/29/10, 12:30 PM ET, Berkman Center Conference Room @ 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA RSVP is required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (email@example.com) This event will be webcast live
Topic: "Creating an Enduring Commons" Guest: Lewis Hyde, Berkman Fellow
Lewis Hyde's talk will be drawn from a book he has just finished,
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership. One thesis of the book
is that the founding generation in the United States hoped to establish
a cultural commons of art and ideas, a lively public domain of created
works that all of us use because nobody controls it. What has become
apparent in recent years is that the founders did not leave us with any
good way to protect this commons. The public domain has turned out to
be highly vulnerable to private capture. How might this vulnerability
be reduced? How might an unguarded public domain be converted into a
rule-governed and thus durable cultural commons?
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a
particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His 1983
book, The Gift, illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of
artistic practice. Trickster Makes This World (1998) uses a group of
ancient myths to argue for the kind of disruptive intelligence all
cultures need if they are to remain lively, flexible, and open to
change. Hyde is currently at work on a book about our “cultural
commons,” that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that
we have inherited from the past and continue to produce.
A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative
writing at Harvard University, Hyde teaches during the fall semesters
at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of
Creative Writing. During the rest of the year he lives in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, where he is a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for
Internet and Society.
This event will be webcast live; for more information and a complete description, see the event web page: http://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2010/06/hyde
[REGISTER NOW] COMMUNIA 2010 CONFERENCE: UNIVERSITY AND CYBERSPACE ================================================================================== 6/28-30/10, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy Free and open to the public; register via the conference website: http://www.communia2010.org/
Universities are entrusted with the increasingly important
responsibility of creating, sharing, and fostering use of knowledge on
behalf of society, and to that end, are the recipients of tremendous
investments of time, money, space, authority and freedom. Universities
have embraced this role in diverse fashions, varying by tradition,
period, and discipline, but we now ask them to go further. As we
progress ever more deeply into a networked age, our knowledge
institutions are faced with concomitant opportunities. They are
challenged by society to become a driving force to create and
disseminate knowledge - using innovative, effective, and dynamic
approaches - derived from and for the networked world.
The COMMUNIA 2010 International Conference will provide a venue for
exploring these points, with the twofold objective of defining a shared
vision of the future of universities as knowledge institutions and of
identifying the main steps leading from vision to reality.
To learn more and sign up for the announcements list, please visit
http://www.communia2010.org/. We have posted the full agenda for the
conference here: http://www.communia2010.org/program.
OTHER EVENTS OF NOTE =========================
 6/28: Nicholas Carr on "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to
Our Brains" // Harvard Book Store
 7/26: Open Source Software and Copyright: Legal and Business
Considerations for Government Use // Washington, DC.
DIGITAL MEDIA: Watch and Listen ================================ Did you miss this week's luncheon talk? Catch up with Berkman videos,
podcasts, pictures, and dig in to our archive at
-Berkman Luncheon Series with LISA NAKAMURA on "Don’t Hate the Player,
Hate the Game: Internet Games, Social Inequality, and Racist Talk as
-Lawrence Lessig on "Who Owns the Law" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HLQLzb4kXw)
-Intelligence Squared Cyberwar Debate featuring Jonathan Zittrain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJVvAv98A8U)
-"University and Cyberspace" with Urs Gasser and Juan Carlos de Martin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fqXI6uLyVc)
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