The Cultural Commons and Collective Being

Feb 18, 2013
4:30 PM
Porter Hall #100 (Gregg Hall)

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Lewis Hyde, Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing, Kenyon College

In this lecture Lewis Hyde offers a defense of our cultural commons, that vast store of art and ideas we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich in the present. Suspicious of the current idea that all creative work is "intellectual property," Hyde turns to America's foundersżmen like Franklin, Adams, Madison, and Jeffersonżin search of other ways to imagine the fruits of human wit and imagination. What he ends up describing is a rich tradition in which knowledge was assumed to be a commonwealth, not a private preserve.
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