Scholarship and Composition as Public Works: Legal Control of Your Own Copyrights
Co-Sponsored by CCC IP Committee
Chair: Jeff Galin, Florida Atlantic University
Copyright law grants automatic legal protection for nearly all original writings, producing a legal regime of control over academic scholarship and student essays alike. Traditionally, copyright has been understood as a means for encouraging authors. In the modern academic world, however, copyright can just as often be an interference with the growth of knowledge. Copyrights are often transferred to publishers and other parties who do not share the goals of authors and researchers, leading to constraints and controls over future uses. As a result, tensions and lawsuits are expanding over the application and meaning of fair use and licensing terms. Often the best solution is for authors of new works to assert control themselves and share their rights. This presentation will explore the changing environment of copyright and the growing struggle over law and contract as means of control. In the end, authors hold the greatest power to prevent copyright conflicts through good stewardship of their own copyrights--by pressing for better contracts with publishers, by adopting new technologies for sharing works, and by choosing publishers and other means of disseminating that support open access of our academic and literary creations. Only through asserting control of our own copyrights can we prevent the constraints that are often claimed by others.
Kenneth Crews joined Columbia University in January 2008 as founding director of the Copyright Advisory Office (CAO). For more than twenty years, Dr. Crews has focused much of his research, policymaking, and teaching on copyright issues. He has published widely on the topic, and he is a frequent speaker at universities and meetings throughout the world. In 2008 he completed a study for the World Intellectual Property Organization (an agency of the United Nations), analyzing copyright statutes applicable to libraries in the laws of more than 150 countries.
Writing the Public Good Back into Education
Chair: Donald Lazere, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
This session will examine how the ideal of higher education as a public good is losing its claim to legitimacy in a society that increasingly defines market interests as the sole measure of individual and social value and teaching largely as a measurable and instrumental task. Against this view of higher education as an adjunct of business culture, this talk argues for educators to take on the role of public intellectuals willing to engage in creating a formative culture of learning capable of nurturing the capacities to defend higher education as a public good crucial to sustaining a critical citizenry and a democratic society. In the current historical moment, higher education as a democratic public good faces a crisis of enormous proportions. At the center of this crisis, particularly in the United States, is a tension between democratic values and market values, between dialogic engagement and a creeping authoritarianism. Faith in social amelioration and a sustainable future appears to be in short supply as market fundamentalism performs the dual task of using education almost exclusively to train workers for service sector jobs and produce life long consumers. This talk will examine the responsibility of academics in dark times, and what it might mean for scholars not only to redefine the meaning of higher education as a public value, but also the promise of academics and critical pedagogy as crucial to developing the formative culture that make a democracy possible. Central to such a challenge is the necessity to define intellectual practice “as part of an intricate web of morality, rigor and responsibility” that enables academics to speak with conviction, enter the public sphere in order to address important social problems, and demonstrate alternative models for what it means to bridge the gap between higher education and the broader society. This is a notion of intellectual practice that refuses both the narrow instrumentality and privileged isolation of the academy, while affirming a broader vision of learning that links knowledge to the power of self-definition and the critical capacities of administrators, academics, and students to expand the scope of democratic freedoms, particularly as they address the crisis of higher education as part and parcel of the crisis of democracy itself .
Henry Giroux is Global Television Network Chair In Communication Studies
and a member of the English and Cultural Studies Dept.at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. A prolific author, Professor Giroux has been an extremely articulate and passionate advocate for progressive education and has mounted a spirited defense of public education in a time of intense privatization.
Politics, Passion, Prose, and Poetry: Readings and a Conversation
Chair: Aja Martinez, Binghamton University
Many of you may know Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés to be an inspiring teacher and leader, but she is also a writer whose work connects her with the diverse experiences of Latinas throughout the country as well as of those of all English teachers of writing. As an Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, she has been involved in the CCCC for over 20 years and masterfully served as co-chair of the Latino Caucus from 1995 till 2007, editing the caucus newsletter Capirotada during this time. Her work is included in several anthologies, most recently the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, and she was the 2009 Theodore Morrison Fiction Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. Her important collection of short stories, Marielitos, Balseros, and Other Exiles (2009), was followed by her Everyday Chica, winner of the 2010 Longleaf Press Poetry Prize. As a writing professor and a former leader of the CCCC Latino Caucus, she has inspired Latinos everywhere with her generous spirit, which is particularly apparent not only in her teaching, but is seen in her writing, where she represents the everyday experiences of poor yet strong and proud Cuban Americans from New Jersey, all the way down to Miami, and to Cuba itself. Her winning personality matched by superb skills as a writer and poet inspire by bringing to light what others turn away from, dignifying the least of us. During this session, she will read from some of her works and engage us in conversation.