Revolutionary Publishing Model to Be Explored in "Radical Open Access in the Humanities"
NEW YORK, October 12, 2010 –

Open access is familiar to many in the sciences. But is open access a viable model for publishing humanities scholarship? In “Radical Open Access in the Humanities,” Gary Hall, co-founder of the Open Humanities Press and Culture Machine, explores both the viable and ground-breaking aspects of open-access publishing in the humanities. It is the kick-off event for Columbia’s Open Access Week, which will feature events that celebrate and promote open access. "Radical Open Access in the Humanities" will take place on Monday, October 18, 12:30 PM, at Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 555, on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus. Refreshments will be served.

Hall is professor of Media and Performing Arts at Coventry University and author of Digitize This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now. He will discuss open-access initiatives in the humanities and their implications for our notions of academic authorship, the book, publication, attribution, citation, peer-review, intellectual property, and content creation.

Co-sponsored by the Scholarly Communication Program, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of the Arts, this event is free and open to the public. It is the second of six events this academic year in a speaker series organized by the Scholarly Communication Program. Join us on November 9 for Columbia University Professor of Religion Mark Taylor’s discussion of his book Crisis on Campus.

Follow the series remotely via Twitter at Video will be distributed through the Program's website and Columbia University's iTunesU page, as well as on YouTube. For information on the series, Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, please email Kathryn Pope at, or visit For more information about Open Access Week, visit

The Scholarly Communication Program explores effective uses of digital technology for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, highlights innovative approaches to communicating scholarly work and examines related debates over policy and practice, particularly in the context of global research.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:  

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Columbia University is one of the country's oldest and most distinguished graduate schools. The GSAS seeks excellence in the training of graduate students for careers in and outside academia. It promotes the integration of graduate students into the research and educational enterprises of Columbia, oversees the quality of graduate education in the Arts and Sciences, and nurtures the diversity and intellectual collegiality of its programs.

Columbia University School of the Arts awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Film, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts and Writing and the Master of Arts degree in Film Studies. The School is a thriving, diverse community of artists from around the world who have talent, vision, and commitment. The faculty comprises acclaimed and internationally renowned artists, film and theatre directors, writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, playwrights, producers, critics and scholars. Every year the School of the Arts presents exciting and innovative programs for the public including performances, exhibitions, screenings, symposia, a film festival, and numerous lectures, readings, panel discussions and talks with artists.

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