Funding for Fair Users

Rebekah Modrak partnered with Melissa Levine (Director of the UM Copyright Office at the University of Michigan Library),  Raven Lanier (Copyright Specialist, UM-Library Copyright Office), and Jeremy York (4th Year PhD candidate, School of Information) to form the Interdisciplinary Workshop, Fair Users: Free Speech in Action. The Rackham Graduate School awarded the Fair Users funding for this series of workshops for the 2019/20 academic year.

The workshops are intended to increase knowledge about issues around fair use and free speech for a group of graduate students and faculty across campus. Participants come from Art History, Classical Languages, Communication Studies, Museum Studies, Aerospace Engineering, Music, Theater & Dance, and the Law School.

The first session, which meets September 23, will discuss how fair use relates to visual art and expression as speech. Speakers are:

*   Joan Kee, attorney and Professor, Art History. Author of Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America
*   Cristina del Valle, Senior Associate General Counsel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
*   Rebekah Modrak, Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design