British Academy December Events

His Master’s Voice: Czesław Miłosz and his dialogue with British, Irish and American poetry

Panel Discussion arranged in association with the Polish Cultural Institute
Thursday 6 December 2012, 6 – 7.30pm, followed by a reception

Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004), the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980, was a tireless advocate of Eastern European poetry and did much to alert western audiences to its richness. This event aims to heighten the appreciation of Milosz’s legacy, focusing on the impact of his poetry, translations and critical writings on British, Irish and American poetry, exploring, amongst other things, his influence on Seamus Heaney and responses to Philip Larkin, and his attitude to religious faith.

At a juncture when the concept of ‘value’ is reckoned primarily in economic terms, it seems timely to consider how poetry promotes dialogue within and between cultures, and so promotes other, richer ways of seeing.

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FREE but registration required

Under the Microscope: the US Presidential election revisited

Panel Discussion
Monday 10 December 2012, 6 – 7.30pm, followed by a reception

Join Professor Ted Marmor (Yale University), Professor Anthony King (Essex) and other expert speakers as they go ‘under the microscope’ to revisit the US election.

What were the key issues that framed the US Presidential campaign and what impact did they have on the outcome? Political experts from both sides of the Atlantic scrutinise the election in this special British Academy panel discussion.

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‘All the World’s Knowledge’: Universal Authors’ Rights

British Academy Law Lecture, Professor Jane C Ginsburg FBA

Tuesday 11 December 2012, 6 – 7.15pm, followed by a reception

Access to ‘all the world’s knowledge’ is an ancient aspiration; a less venerable, but equally vigorous, universalism strives for the borderless protection of authors’ rights.  Late 19th-century law and politics brought us copyright universalism; 21st-century technology may bring us the universal digital library.  Does the universal digital library of the near future threaten copyright holders?  If so, which is the endangered species: creators of works of authorship, or the publishers who have long conceived copyright in their own image?  Finally, does access-triumphalism risk giving us not the universal digital library but the universal digital bookstore?

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FREE. Seats allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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