UPDATE: Emerson and African American Writers, 1/15/12; ALA, 5/24/12-5/27/12

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
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In 1844, Emerson asserted, "if you have man, black or white is an insignificance." For a panel at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco from May 24-27, 2012, The Emerson Society invites reflections on African American responses and challenges, from the antebellum period to the present, to Emerson's core ideas, antislavery views, and Civil War engagements. Papers might address specific authorial dialogues and revisions, cultural innovation and formal experimentation, matters of politics and protest, and the relation of "self-reliance" to black elevation. Email 300-word abstracts to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair (leckel@suffolk.edu) by Jan. 15, 2012.

Attention graduate students:
The Emerson Society provides up to $750 of travel support to present a paper on one of the Society's panels at the American Literature Association annual meeting or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering. Graduate students interested in applying for this travel award should submit their abstracts by Jan. 15, 2012 to Leslie Eckel, Emerson Society Program Chair (leckel@suffolk.edu) and indicate their desire for consideration.