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Books, Libraries, and the Digital Future

Books, Libraries, and the Digital Future
Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, 78 Queen's Park
Time: Mar 15th, 5:30 pm End: Mar 15th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Science/Technology, Law, Faculty of , Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Book History/Print Culture, 2000-, 1950-2000
2012 Annual Grafstein Lecture in Communications by Robert Darnton

The Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the Faculty of Law is pleased to present:

The 2012 Grafstein Annual Lecture in Communications

Robert Darnton

Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Harvard University
Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, University of Toronto Faculty of Law


Books, Libraries & The Digital Future


Thursday, March 15, 2012
5:30 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, 78 Queen's Park

In a famous metaphor, Thomas Jefferson explained that the spread of an idea resembled the lighting of a candle by a taper, or another candle: one candle gained light, and the other did not lose it.  The Internet promotes the diffusion of knowledge in the same way and on a larger scale-unless commercial speculators continue to fence off the public domain and to claim it as their own.  One way to resist commercialization is to promote the creation of a Digital Public Library of America, which will make the collections of our research libraries available, free of charge, to all Americans and in fact to everyone in the world.

Robert Darnton was educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1960) and Oxford University (B.Phil., 1962; D. Phil., 1964), where he was a Rhodes scholar.  After a brief stint as a reporter for The New York Times, he became a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard.  He taught at Princeton from 1968 until 2007, when he became Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard.

The Grafstein Annual Lecture in Communications was established by Senator Jerry S. Grafstein, Q.C., Class of 1958, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his graduation from the Faculty of Law and the 10th anniversary of the graduation of his son, Laurence Grafstein, and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Grafstein (nee Weatherhead), both from the Class of 1988. The Grafstein lecture is hosted by the Centre for Innovation Law & Policy at the Faculty of Law. For more information about the Centre, please visit its website at www.innovationlaw.org.

No RSVP is required. For more information, please contact May Seto at may.seto@utoronto.ca

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