Cultural critic on campus to discuss creative commons vs. intellectual property

Cultural critic Lewis Hyde will be on campus Nov. 7 to present a talk on “Cultural Commons and Collective Being.” He will offer a lively defense of the cultural commons, the vast store of art and ideas inherited from the past and enriched in the present. Suspicious of the belief that all creative work is “intellectual property,” he argues that if we turn to America’s founders, there’s a rich alternative tradition in which knowledge was assumed to be a commonwealth, not a private preserve.

The lecture will take place Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Dampeer Room at Kelvin Smith Library. Refreshments begin at 4 p.m.

The Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, in cooperation with the Department of English, the Department of History and the Kelvin Smith Library, organized the event.