Expanding Access to Learning Panel

Panel: Expanding Access to Learning: Incentives and Obstacles within IP

Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 3:30 pm Vorenburg Classroom, Langdell North, Harvard Law School

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Professor Michael Carroll received his A.B., with general honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. He also was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Criminal Law Review. Following law school, he worked for approximately one year as an associate attorney at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and then clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green. He later clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Judith W. Rogers. He returned to Wilmer after completing that clerkship. At Wilmer, he practiced in the intellectual property and e-commerce areas. He also has co-taught a copyright class at Georgetown University Law Center. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Creative Commons, Inc.


Anne Margulies is the executive director of MIT's bold OpenCourseWare initiative, and brings 20 years of leadership experience in strategic planning, information technology and operations to the MIT OCW project. She came to MIT in May 2002 from FH/GPC, a government relations, public affairs, and communications consulting firm where she was the Chief Operating Officer responsible for the overall performance of the firm. Prior to her time at FH/GPC, Anne was the executive vice-president of McDermott O'Neill & Associates, where she restructured the senior management team and planned and managed the sale of the company to GPC International. From 1986 to 1998, Anne held information technology positions at Harvard University, serving as assistant provost and executive director for Harvard's Information Systems department with responsibility for all centralized administrative IT activities.

Carlos Carbajal – Intel Corp. Higher Education Programs Manager

Allan Ryan, Jr. has been Director of Intellectual Property at Harvard Business School Publishing since the creation of the position in February 2001. Before then, he was for 15 years an attorney in the Office of General Counsel, Harvard University, where his practice concentrated on intellectual property, art and cultural matters, and international law.

Harvard Business School Publishing, a subsidiary of the Harvard Business School, publishes Harvard Business Review and the books of the Harvard Business School Press, as well as Harvard Business School Cases, several newsletters and a variety of electronic endeavors for academia and the corporate sector.

As Director of Intellectual Property, Mr. Ryan is responsible for the acquisition, licensing and protection of HBSP’s content. This includes such matters as authors’ contracts, international publication and distribution of HBSP content, and protection against piracy, counterfeiting and copyright infringement. Mr. Ryan also oversees HBSP’s trademark and patent activities, and was chair of the company’s China working group. He has spoken at professional conferences on foreign-invested publishing enterprises in China.

Mr. Ryan teaches courses in international law at Boston College Law School and in intellectual property at Harvard University summer school. Before coming to Harvard in 1985, he was a supervising prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice, an assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and a law clerk to Justice Byron R. White of the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota Law School, and served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Walter Bender is President of the One Laptop per
Child foundation, a not-for-profit association that is developing and
deploying technologies that will revolutionize how the world's children
engage in learning. Before taking his leave of absence from MIT Bender
was executive director of the MIT Media Laboratory. He was also former
holder of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Chair. Bender is a senior research
scientist and director of the Electronic Publishing group. Mr. Bender
also directed the Gray Matters special interest group, which focuses on
technology's impact on the aging population. In 1992, Mr. Bender founded
the News in the Future consortium and has been a member of the Lab's
Simplicity, Things That Think, and Digital Life consortia. He received
his BA from Harvard University in 1977. Mr. Bender joined the
Architecture Machine Group at MIT in 1978. He received his MS at MIT in
1980. A founding member of the Media Laboratory, throughout his career,
Mr. Bender has engaged in the study of new information technologies,
particularly those that affect people directly. Much of the research
addresses the idea of building upon the interactive styles associated
with existing media and extending them into domains where a computer is
incorporated into the interaction. He has participated in much of the
pioneering research in the field of electronic publishing and
personalized interactive multimedia.