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Whitworth professor to present annual Constitution Day Lecture, Sept. 17

September 12, 2014

Where do free speech and creative theft intersect? Explore this question and more with Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Erica Salkin as she presents “Copyright in the Digital Age” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. This Constitution Day Lecture is free and open to the public.

“We live in an age of unprecedented access to original, creative ideas,” Salkin says. “Yet the ease of that access also leads to very real concerns about ownership, scholarship and legal rights to interact with ideas. We’re going to talk about copyright — an idea rooted in the Constitution by a group of people 200 years removed from the Internet — and how it’s being applied in the digital era.”

Salkin joined the Whitworth faculty in 2012 and specializes in journalism, censorship, and the relationship of media and law. Also in 2012, Salkin received the Joseph C. Beckham Dissertation of the Year award for her doctoral research, which offers a theory defining the value of free speech within the educational environment while addressing changing social and technological trends.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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