Public Goods

Public Goods will be a year-long program at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center that will explore the past history and present condition of the civic commons. In the context of the digital era such new formations as Google Books, Wikipedia, and the Creative Commons have emerged as institutions claiming to promote the public sphere. At the same time, however, government-sponsored programs intended to serve the public good by supporting education and the advancement of knowledge and culture are being challenged on both fiscal and ideological grounds. These developments have occurred in the context of expansive intellectual property doctrines and a movement toward cultural privatization that some scholars have likened to the privatization of the agricultural commons in early modern England. The IHC’s program will consider both the long tradition of the civic commons – an idea reaching back to historical notions of the polis and the commonweal – and the present political, commercial, and legal challenges that threaten a diminished and constricted future.

Past Events

Screening
May 24th, 2012
Screening
February 14th, 2012
Conference
February 2nd, 2012
Screening and Q&A
January 24th, 2012
Panel
January 17th, 2012
Symposium
January 13th, 2012
Workshop
November 5th, 2011
Discussion
October 18th, 2011
Symposium
October 14th, 2011