Censorship Lecture Today in Chicago Open to All, featuring CBLDF Speakers

Censorship and Information Control During Information RevolutionsLast month, CBLDF News Blog covered a Kickstarter project designed to bring the educational program series Censorship and Information Control During Information Revolutions to life, and the support was overwhelming. Now’s your chance to go see Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Charles Brownstein, and Ted Adams, the founder of IDW Media Holdings and Treasurer of the CBLDF Board today, Friday, November 9th, as part of the free lecture series. The topic is Changes in Media Technology Small and Large. From the website description:

Practicalities of how creative works circulate—physical size, the cost of a copy, which venues can or will stock them, how they reach audiences—can exert enormous control over works, creators, and publishers, with effects similar to censorship even if no one intends it. And they can also be exploited to act as intentional censorship. This week’s experts discuss the impact of successive small innovations in media technology on book publication, comic books, and music.
Charles Brownstein & Ted Adams (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund)
Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden (editors & publishers, Tor Books, Macmillan)
Aram Sinnreich (digital music, piracy)

The lecture series is open to the public. So if you’re in the Chicago area today from 1:30 pm to 4:20 pm CST go to Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107, 1020 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. If you can’t attend, don’t despair – the discussion will be available as part of a free web series eventually. In the meantime, they are releasing the audio from the conversations to check out.

This public dialogue series, supported by the Censorship, Information Control, and Information Revolutions from Printing Press to Internet research project at the Neubauer Collegium, brings together scholars of print revolutions past and present with practitioners working on the frontiers of today’s information revolution.These events will not be formal panels with presented papers, but freeform discussions in which experts bounce ideas off each other, discovering rich parallels between our work and sharing them in real time. Taking place from October through November, the eight dialogues will unite historians, editors, novelists, poets, and activists, and will be filmed and shared online, to let the public enjoy and continue the discussions. For more details on the series and related events, please visit voices.uchicago.edu/censorship.

To check out visuals from the museum exhibit component of the project, check out voices.uchicago.edu/censorship/exhibit/

To listen to the three organizers, Cory Doctorow, Ada Palmer, and Adrian Johns, kick off the dialogue series, check out the audio here

To listen to the second session, What Are Censorship’s Historical Consequences? with organizer, Cory Doctorow and special experts James LaRue (intellectual freedom), Gehnwa Hayek (comics censorship in Lebanon), Antony Grafton (Renaissance book history), and Mary Anne Monharaj (literary consequences of colonialism in Sri Lanka), go here.

Keep checking back to CBLDF.org as we’ll keep you updated as new audio and video of the dialogue series becomes available.

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