November 10, 2004 Library of Congress Lecture Series on "Managing Knowledge and Creativity in a Digital Context" to Be Aired Live on C-SPAN

Press Contact: Helen Dalrymple, (202) 707-1940
Public Contact: Peggy Keegan, C-SPAN (202) 626-8797
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WHAT: The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress presents a series of evening lectures on “Managing Knowledge and Creativity in a Digital Context” featuring some of the best known experts in digitally networked communications. All are free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

The moderators and coordinators for these events are Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, and Derrick de Kerckhove, holder of the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education and Technology at the John W. Kluge Center.

The hour and a half programs, which will run from November through March 2005, will be aired live on C-SPAN. C-SPAN will promote an e-mail address which viewers may use to ask participants questions during the event.

Viewers can e-mail experts:

C-SPAN’s viewers can be part of the live lecture series by e-mailing their questions to the experts at C-SPAN's viewers can learn more information about the series and archived video on the network’s Web site at

WHEN: The first lecture takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15.

WHO: The first speaker is David Weinberger, an expert on “blogging.” Coauthor of the best-selling book “The Cluetrain Manifesto,” Weinberger is also author of “Small Pieces, Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web,” a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and author of articles in magazines such as Wired and the Harvard Business Review. Weinberger, who has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto, was senior Internet adviser to the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign. He is now a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he is working on a book about how the digital age is changing the most basic ways that information is organized and classified. Weinberger will discuss how and in which situations Web logs, or blogs, work and how and why they are valuable in children’s education.

WHERE: Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Forthcoming Programs

All of these will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Monday, Dec. 13 (tentative) – Brewster Kahle, digital librarian, director and cofounder of the Internet Archive. Kahle will explain how and why capturing material on the Web is important and discuss the challenges of selecting pertinent content.

Monday, Jan. 24, 2005 – Juan Pablo Paz, a quantum physicist now working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss how quantum computing will eventually change the way we collect, store and distribute information.

Monday, Jan. 31, 2005 – Brian Cantwell Smith, dean of the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. Smith, the author of “On the Origin of Objects,” combines degrees in computer science and philosophy and is an expert on the interdisciplinary convergence brought about by digitization. His talk is titled, “And Is All This Stuff Really Digital After All?”

Monday, Feb. 14, 2005 – David M. Levy, professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. Levy is the author of “Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age,” and he will discuss the shift of the experience of reading from the fixed page to movable electrons and the effect that has had on language.

Thursday, March 3, 2005 – Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Lessig is the author of “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace” and an expert on the issues of copyright and “copyleft.” He is the inventor of the revolutionary concept and application Creative Commons, which invites the right to use material under specific conditions.

Monday, March 14, 2005 – Edward L. Ayers, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. Ayers is the author (with Anne S. Rubin) of “The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War” on CD-ROM. Among the questions Ayers will address are the implications for the creation and distribution of knowledge in today's digital environment.

Monday, March 28, 2005 – Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gershenfeld is the author of “When Things Start to Think.” His new concept Internet Zero (0) proposes a new infrastructure for the existing Internet that would give an IP address to all electronic devices - from light bulbs to Internet addresses and URLs - and interconnect them directly, thereby eliminating much intermediating code and server technology. His topic is “From the Library of Information to the Library of Things.”


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