Princeton University Public Lectures Series

Walter E. Edge Lectures

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The Creative Commons

Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School:

Thursday, February 20 8:00 pm, Helms Auditorium Mc Cosh 50:

The Creative Commons: Every society depends upon a space for independent, well-regulated social criticism. The public domain is crucial to supporting that space. In this lecture, Professor Lessig will map a threat to the public domain that is increasingly weakening this opportunity for social criticism. As an unintended consequence of the reach of copyright law, the opportunity for social and political criticism has been weakened.

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About the Walter E. Edge Lectures in Public and International Affairs

Founded in 1957 in memory of Walter E. Edge, LL.D. 1946, who served twice as Governor of New Jersey and also as United States Senator and Ambassador to France. The lectureship is supported by a bequest from his estate assigned to the University by his family, and supplemented by additional gifts from them, as a means of bringing to Princeton eminent statesmen from abroad as well as leaders in American public life."

Lecturers have included George F. Kennan on "The United States and the Communist Giants" (1964-1965); John Kenneth Galbraith on "Labor, Capital and Intelligence: Comparative Power in Perspective" (1965-1966); Edward Heath on "When the World Becomes 21" (1976-1977); Isaac Asimov on "The Future of Man" (1976-1977); and Christopher Hill on "Milton and the English Revolution" (1981-1982). Edge, a self-made man who began his career as a "printer's devil" in Atlantic City, was lauded as "Princeton's most distinguished citizen and one of New Jersey's greatest sons" at the time of his death in 1956.