[UPDATE] Righting the Renaissance (at SAMLA, Nov. 09)

full name / name of organization: 
Lynne M. Simpson, Secretary, Southeastern Renaissance Conference
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For the Southeastern Renaissance Conference's panel at SAMLA on "Human Rights in the Humanities"
Atlanta, Georgia
November 6-8, 2009

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?" wondered Eleanor Roosevelt. Her response remains instructive: "In small places, close to home--so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual…" If the Renaissance gave birth to the individual, did it also consider that such an individual had inalienable human rights? How might the literature of the Early Modern period comment on our pressing contemporary concerns for personal liberty, social responsibility, racial and economic equality, equality of the sexes, or the dignity of human life? Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Lynne Simpson at lsimpson@presby.edu by April 1.

Lynne M. Simpson, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Presbyterian College
503 South Broad Street
Clinton, SC 29325
(864) 833-8996