Exploring Civil Society through the Writings of Dr. Seuss™

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New York Law School Law Review

The New York Law School Law Review is pleased to announce a call for papers to be published in a unique forthcoming issue in connection with our upcoming March 1, 2013 symposium—Exploring Civil Society through the Writings of Dr. Seuss™—that will examine the portrayals of civil society in Dr. Seuss's writings. The Law Review is currently accepting abstracts for papers to be considered for publication in its companion issue.

The Law Review will accept abstracts for original essays, reflections, Dr. Seuss "book reviews," and traditional scholarly articles pertaining to the civil society and other legal issues that arise in one or more of the following Dr. Seuss books to be discussed during a series of panels at the symposium: Horton Hears a Who, The Sneetches, Yertle the Turtle, The Butter Battle Book, and The Lorax. The abstract should describe the type of article the author will write and how the author will analyze or evaluate one or more civil society or related legal issues that arise in the works of Dr. Seuss. To be considered for publication, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, accompanied by a CV, to via email to kaitlin.jaxheimer@law.nyls.edu by November 15, 2012. Space in the issue is limited and papers will be selected on a rolling basis, so early submission is recommended.

Included below is an overview of the panels planned for the March 1, 2013 symposium to be held at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY. Upon consideration of your abstract, the Law Review may extend an invitation to one or more authors to attend the symposium as a speaker on one of the panels (travel and accommodations provided) based upon the area of interest expressed in the author's submission.

Panel I: The Shared Interests in Society. Scholars will consider the themes relating to shared interests in society arising in Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss™, including topics such as other-ness; tolerance; cruel and unusual punishment; collective action efforts; segmentation and marginalization; and culture clash.

Panel II: Personal Rights of Identity. Scholars will discuss issues such as: ideology; identity; the abuse of power; imperialism; disenfranchisement; class structure; social hierarchy; social markers; heuristics and biases; maintenance of status quo; equality; fairness; civil rights; justice; and human rights among the many themes that appear in the Dr. Seuss™ books The Sneetches and Yertle the Turtle.

Panel III: The Nature of War. Scholars will explore themes relating to the nature of war; international disputes and relations; ideological differences; the use of force; and nuclear warfare as reflected in The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss™.

Panel IV: Sustainable Capitalism. Scholars will survey business and society; corporate social responsibility; and sustainability as related to the themes that arise in The Lorax by Dr. Seuss™.

*Abstracts that include books other than the five stated in this Call for Papers but are related to a central theme of one of the Symposium panels may also be considered on a case by case basis.