Authors Alliance Event at Harvard

September 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

As a member of the Authors’ Alliance, I received this by email and wanted to share it, for those who may be interested. Unfortunately, Harvard’s a touch too far away for me, but maybe someone else can make it.


The internet has had disruptive effects on many aspects of the ecosystem in which authors reach readers. The roles of publishers, retailers, libraries, universities, and other participants in this ecosystem are evolving rapidly., in particular, has been the source of considerable controversy in its dealings with authors and publishers.

In order for authors to navigate these turbulent waters, they need to be strategic in their partnerships and careful in contracting. Copyright is supposed to help even authors with no legal expertise, but how good a job does it do? Could some changes in that law help authors reach readers more effectively? Looking beyond the law, what steps can authors take now to realize the full impact of their writings?

With these questions in mind, we are pleased to announce that, with the generous support of our co-sponsors at at the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Authors Alliance will be hosting a panel discussion at Harvard University this fall, titled “Authorship in a Digital World: How to Make It Thrive.” It will be our first east coast event and an excellent opportunity for the Authors Alliance community in the northeast to come together.

Join us if you can, and please feel free to pass on the invitation to any and all who might be interested.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

3:30-5:30, with reception to follow

Lamont Library Forum Room

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

The event is free and open to the public. Full details and registration are available here

Advisory board member Katie Hafner will make the opening remarks and sit on the panel, advisory board member Jonathan Zittrain will moderate, and the panel will feature advisory board member Robert Darnton and co-founder Pamela Samuelson along with:

  • Rachel Cohen, a Cambridge-based author and creative writing professor at Sarah Lawrence College;
  • Ellen Faran, director of MIT Press;
  • Mark Fischer, a copyright lawyer at Duane Morris LLP;
  • Alison Mudditt, director of UC Press; and
  • Sophia Roosth, a Harvard historian of science.

We hope to see you there!

Harvard Poster


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