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Lewis Hyde will be at MassArt on Monday, March 28th to deliver the annual Hellerstein Lecture. He will be available to meet with MassArt students from 3:15 to 4 in Tower 535 and he will speak in the Trustees Room from 4:30 to 6. The lecture is open to MassArt students, faculty and staff.
A MacArthur Genius Award recipient in 1991, Lewis Hyde is now the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College, as well as Faculty Associate, Berkman Center on Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Professor Hyde is a critic of the erosion of the intellectual and artistic commons that has occurred in recent decades. Once artists and intellectuals were relatively free to use intellectual property which had entered the public domain and become part of the Commons, a shared cultural inheritance. Yet content producers in the entertainment and publishing industries have recently succeeded in lobbying for expansions of Copyright Law and have to come to claim virtually absolute intellectual property rights. The public finds itself in a vastly diminished and endangered Commons.
Lewis Hyde is the author of several books including Trickster Makes this World (1998); The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World (2007); and most recently Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership (2010).
More information about him is available online:
Cartoon Review of Common As Air by Ward Sutton
“A Republic of Letters,” Robert Darnton’s New York Times Review of Lewis Hyde’s Common As Air
“Freedom To Teach: Claiming Educational Fair Use” by Lewis Hyde
Lewis Hyde will also join Paul Dobbs and Greg Wallace from MassArt; Jolene de Verges from MIT; Peter Suber from SPARC; and Peter Jaszi from American University at the workshop “Asserting Our Fair-Use Rights: The Other Side of the Copyright Coin,” a NERCOMP event, which will take place on Thursday, April 14 in Norwood, MA.
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