Jimmy Wales, the founder of the phenomenally successful online
encyclopedia, Wikipedia, will deliver the Ellsworth Lecture on
Wednesday, Nov. 15.
The program will take place at 7:30
in Lincoln Theater.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are
For tickets, stop by the Lincoln Theater Box Office,
or call the box office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587.
Students are invited to attend a reception with Wales prior to
The reception will take place on Nov. 15 from 6
to 7 p.m.
in Suisman Lounge, Gengras Student Union.
Refreshments will be served.
The Ellsworth Lecture, presented by the University and the Barney
School of Business, is aimed at promoting an awareness of and
appreciation for the American business system. It was created in
1979 by Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., to honor its former
chairman, the late John E. Ellsworth.
The topic of Wales' lecture will be "Free Knowledge for Free
Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org
) has grown into the largest reference
website on the Internet. The content of Wikipedia is free, and is
written collaboratively by people from all around the world. Wales
developed the site using a "wiki," software that allows users to
create and edit Web page content freely. The result is that anyone
with access to the Internet can edit, correct, or improve
information in Wikipedia.
"Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is
given free access to the sum of all human knowledge," Wales has
said in explaining the purpose of Wikipedia.
In 2003, Wales set up the Wikimedia Foundation, a Florida-based
nonprofit organization, to support Wikipedia and its younger
sibling projects. By the end of February 2005, the Wikimedia
Foundation was supported entirely by grants and donations. Wales
has become increasingly involved with promoting and speaking about
its projects at conferences and Wikimedia functions.
Wales was appointed a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and
Society at Harvard Law School in 2005. In October 2005 he joined
the board of directors of Socialtext, a provider of wiki technology
to business. He was listed as one of the world's 100 most
influential people in the "Scientists and Thinkers" section of the
May 8, 2006 edition of Time