March 17, 2005 Digital Lecture Series Featuring Neil Gershenfeld Discussing Internet Zero to be Aired Live on C-SPAN on March 28

Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456, Library of Congress | Peggy Keegan (202) 626-8797, C-SPAN
Contact: E-mail contact for questions during the program:

WHAT: The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has been presenting 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. Aired live on C-SPAN, the lectures are free and open to the public, and no reservations are required. The 90-minute broadcast on March 28 will be the final program in the series. C-SPAN 2 will repeat the eight-part series from March 29 to April 1.

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.


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 view archived video of prior lectures in the series on the network’s Web site at

WHEN: The eighth lecture in the series takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28.

WHO: The speaker is Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gershenfeld is the author of "Fab" and "When Things Start to Think." The topic of his lecture is "From the Library of Information to the Library of Things." He will discuss the interface between the physical world and the digital world — from the Internet Zero (I0) initiative, which provides Internet connectivity for everyday objects, to lab and field work for personal fabrication tools, which enable ordinary people to become technological creators as well as consumers.

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


  • David Weinberger Tuesday, March 29 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Brewster Kahle Tuesday, March 29 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Juan Pablo Paz Wednesday, March 30 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Brian Cantwell Smith Wednesday, March 30 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • David Levy Thursday, March 31 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Lawrence Lessig Thursday, March 31 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Edward Ayers Friday, April 1 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Neil Gershenfeld Friday, April 1 8:00pm – 9:30pm


PR 05-069
ISSN 0731-3527