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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday Afternoon 21 March 2007 Richard Stallman will speak

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday Afternoon 21 March 2007 Richard Stallman will speak at NYU
Date: 17 Mar 2007 01:20:20 -0400

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  Society course, NYU Free Culture Club, NYU ACM (Association for
  Computing Machinery) chapter, WinC (Women in Computing), and

 Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 16:59:27 -0400
 From: "Fred Benenson" <>
 To: "Free Culture @ NYU's list serv" <>
 Subject: [free-culture] Richard Stallman at NYU Wednesday, March 21st

 Free Culture @ NYU,

   Richard Stallman is coming to NYU as part of the speakers
 series we've been organizing (previous speakers have been Cory
 Doctorow of and Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia) for
 Evan's Computers and Society undergrad class. Please please come
 early if you want a seat, we had to turn people away from Jimmy's
 talk and that wasn't fun.

 Also, don't forget:

 A Roundtable Discussion with Ray Beckerman
 of Recording Industry v. The People
 6:45pm on Thursday March 22nd 2007
 Room 324 Furman Hall

 More info on that event shortly...

 Here's the info on RMS's talk:

 ---------- Forwarded message ----------
 From: Evan Korth <>
 Date: Mar 14, 2007 4:43 PM
 Subject: [Computers_and_society_announcements] Richard Stallman at NYU
 Wednesday, March 21st

 On Wednesday, March 21st, as part of my Computers and Society
 course and NYU's Free Culture series we will host a talk by
 Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and the
 GNU Project.

 The talk is entitled "Free Software and Freedom: Free Software in Ethics
 and in Practice."

 Richard Stallman will speak about the goals and philosophy of the
 Free Software Movement, and the status and history the GNU
 operating system, which in combination with the kernel Linux is
 now used by tens of millions of users world-wide.

 We expect a full house, so please arrive early in order to ensure
 you get a seat.

 Here are the details:
 Free Software and Freedom: Free Software in Ethics and in Practice
 A talk by Richard Stallman
 Wednesday, March 21st @ 3:30pm - 4:45pm
 Courant Institute,
 251 Mercer Street, Room 109

 Free and open to the public.
 Sponsored by Free Culture @ NYU, NYU's ACM (Association for Computing
 Machinery) chapter, WinC (Women in Computing) and InfoLaw/NYU.

 Richard's bio:

 Richard Stallman is the founder of the GNU Project, launched in
 1984 to develop the free software operating system GNU. The name
 ``GNU'' is a recursive acronym for ``GNU's Not Unix''.

 GNU is free software: everyone is free to copy it and
 redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or
 small. Non-free software keeps users divided and helpless,
 forbidden to share it and unable to change it.  A free operating
 system is essential for people to be able to use computers in

 Today, Linux-based variants of the GNU system, based on the
 kernel Linux developed by Linus Torvalds, are in widespread
 use. There are estimated to be some 20 million users of GNU/Linux
 systems today.

 Richard Stallman is the principal author of the GNU Compiler
 Collection, a portable optimizing compiler which was designed to
 support diverse architectures and multiple languages. The
 compiler now supports over 30 different architectures and 7
 programming languages.

 Stallman also wrote the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs,
 and various other programs for the GNU operating system.

 Stallman graduated from Harvard in 1974 with a BA in
 physics. During his college years, he also worked as a staff
 hacker at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, learning operating
 system development by doing it. He wrote the first extensible
 Emacs text editor there in 1975. He also developed the AI
 technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as
 truth maintenance. In January 1984 he resigned from MIT to start
 the GNU project.

 Stallman received the Grace Hopper award for 1991 from the
 Association for Computing Machinery, for his development of the
 first Emacs editor. In 1990 he was awarded a Macarthur foundation
 fellowship, and in 1996 an honorary doctorate from the Royal
 Institute of Technology in Sweden. In 1998 he received the
 Electronic Frontier Foundation's pioneer award along with Linus
 Torvalds. In 1999 he received the Yuri Rubinski award. In 2001 he
 received a second honorary doctorate, from the University of
 Glasgow, and shared the Takeda award for social/economic
 betterment with Torvalds and Ken Sakamura. In 2002 he was elected
 to the US National Academy of Engineering, and in 2003 to the
 American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003 he was named an
 honorary professor of the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in
 Peru, and received an honorary doctorate from the Free University
 of Brussels. In 2004 he received an honorary doctorate from the
 Universidad Nacional de Salta, in Argentina.

 Evan Korth
 Clinical Assistant Professor
 Computer Science Department
 New York University

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