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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture
Feb 18, 2013
Lewis Hyde, The Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College, will lecture on "The Cultural Commons and Collective Being." Professor 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 founders -- men like Franklin, Adams, Madison, and Jefferson -- in 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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