2016 Baylor Libraries Symposium

Symposium Schedule

Keynote & Closing Speakers

2013 Symposium Abstracts (PDF)
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2014 Symposium Abstracts (PDF)

2015 Symposium Abstracts (PDF)

Important Dates

Call for Papers
April 11, 2016

Abstracts Due
July 5, 2016

Notification of Acceptance
July 13, 2016

Panel Sessions & Keynote Address
September 29, 2016

Panel Sessions & Closing Speaker
September 30, 2016

The annual Baylor Libraries Symposium highlights research and scholarship at Baylor by recognizing the major anniversary of a significant publication. Each year a particular work is chosen based on its cross-disciplinary appeal in the humanities, arts and/or sciences. The 2016 Annual Baylor Libraries’ Symposium recognizes the 225th anniversary Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man. This year’s symposium features keynote speaker Dr. Gregory Claeys from Royal Holloway, University of London addressing “Paine's Rights of Man: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” and closing speaker Dr. Carlos Juarez from Hawai'i Pacific University on “Human Rights in the 21st Century.” Panelist will address a variety of topics including abortion, health, hunger, immigration, poverty, religion, slavery, voting, and work.

About Rights of Man

Published in London in 1791, Rights of Man is a refutation of Edmund Burke’s criticism of the French Revolution, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), which posited that social stability was only attainable if a nation’s impoverished majority was governed by a minority of wealthy social elites. By contrast, Paine argues that since the interests of a ruler and his people are united, the French Revolution should be understood as an attack against the tyranny of the French monarchy rather than against the King himself.

Since human rights are innate and given by nature, Paine asserts, they can neither be granted nor taken away by any political charter. Governments that do not benefit the nation - especially ones based on hereditary inheritance - are considered illegitimate. Paine concludes his treatise by proposing several reforms for the English government, including the establishment of a written Constitution composed by a national assembly, the elimination of aristocratic titles, a progressive income tax, and subsidized education for those living in poverty.

Rights of Man caused such an outrage in England that Paine was tried and convicted for libel against the Crown in absentia. He only escaped punishment by never returning to the country. Though there were more than 300 pamphlets published on the "revolution controversy," Rights of Man is remembered as being the first to inflict serious damage to Burke’s case and to restore public opinion of the French in Britain and America.

This immensely popular work - over 50,000 copies were said to be in circulation only months after its initial publication - provides a wide range of possibilities for academic conversation during this year's Baylor Libraries Symposium.

Keynote & Closing Speakers

Dr. Gregory Claeys

Professor Claeys was born in France and educated in Canada and the United Kingdom. He has taught in Germany and the U.S. and since 1992 has been Professor of the History of Political Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Machinery, Money and the Millennium: From Moral Economy to Socialism (Princeton University Press, 1987), Citizens and Saints: Politics and Anti-Politics in Early British Socialism (Cambridge University Press, 1989), Thomas Paine: Social and Political Thought (Unwin Hyman, 1989); The French Revolution Debate in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), Imperial Sceptics: British Critics of Empire, 1850–1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Searching for Utopia: the History of an Idea (Thames & Hudson, 2011; German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese editions), and Mill and Paternalism (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He has edited The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and, with Gareth Stedman Jones, The Cambridge History of Nineteenth Century Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2011), as well as some fifty volumes of primary sources and edited essays. He has been guest professor at the Australian National University, Keio University, Japan, the University of Hanoi, Vietnam, and Peking University, China. His last book, Dystopia: A Natural History (Oxford University Press) will appear in late 2016. The next, A Pelican Introduction to Marx and Marxism, will be published in 2018. He is editor of the series, "Palgrave Studies in Utopianism" (Palgrave-Macmillan) and is the leading coordinator of the "Utopolis" project of European utopian bibliography, translation and republication. Professor Claeys' keynote address for the 2016 Baylor Libraries Symposium is entitled, "Paine's Rights of Man: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

Dr. Carlos Juárez

Professor Juárez was born in the U.S. of Mexican parents and from 1997-2016 was Professor of Political Science at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, where he served as Department Chair and Dean of International Studies. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico, Czech Republic, and Austria; visiting fellow at Oxford University; UC President’s Postdoctoral Scholar at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (formerly IR/PS); Research Fellow at UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies; and Visiting Professor at the University of the Andes in Bogotá (Colombia). He is currently visiting professor at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City, one of the most prestigious universities in Mexico and in Latin America, sponsored by the Society of Jesus.

He has lectured widely throughout Europe, Mexico, South America, Australia, and New Zealand, He teaches courses in comparative and international politics, global governance, politics of developing nations, and peacemaking and international conflict management. Dr. Juárez has worked on the staff of former U.S. Senator Alan Cranston (D-Calif), and has been a consultant to the Fulbright program of the U.S. Department of State, United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Juárez is a graduate of Baylor University (B.A., Foreign Service/International Studies, 1984), where he was a member of the university soccer team and Foreign Affairs Club, worked as a student assistant to the University Librarian, and served as president of the Taurus Society/Beta Theta Pi. He received his M.A. in international relations from the University of San Diego, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.

His closing address will provide a modern interpretation to the expansion of human rights and the complex challenges we face in the early 21st century with ethnic and religious conflict.

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, September 29, 2016

1:00-1:40 | Rare Book Display
Jones Library, Second Floor

1:45-2:25 | Panel Session #1
Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Studio
Jones Library, Second Floor

Ivy Hamerly: "Indivisible and Interdependent: Three Generations of Human Rights"
Kathy Hillman: "Religion and Communism: Tolerance, Restriction and Suppression"

2:30-3:25 | Panel Session #2
Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Studio
Jones Library, Second Floor

Ann Mirabito: "You Say You Want a Revolution: The Workplace Wellness Movement"
Mia Moody-Ramirez: "The Characterization of Modern Civil and Women’s Rights Movements on Social Media Platforms"
Rebecca Farrar: "Body and Class: An Evaluation of Abortion Trends in America 1600-1850"

3:35-4:20 | Panel Session #3
Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Studio
Jones Library, Second Floor

Laura Hernandez: "The Natural Rights of Immigrants vs. The Sovereign: The Conundrum Paine Did Not Solve"
Jeremy Everett: "The Art of Social Change: Cultivating Trust to Address Hunger and Poverty in a Contentious World"

4:20-5:00 | Printing Press Demonstration
Featuring Professor Virginia Green
Marrs McLean Science Building Lobby

5:00-6:15 | Keynote Lecture: Dr. Gregory Claeys Packard Auditorium
Marrs McLean Science Building

Friday, September 30, 2016

10:00-11:30 | Graduate Student Workshop
Presented by Dr. Gregory Claeys
W. R. Poage Graduate Research Center

12:00-1:10 | Rare Book Display
Jones Library, Second Floor

1:15-1:55 | Panel Session #4
Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Studio
Jones Library, Second Floor

Abigail Higgins: "An Arbiter of Rights? The Role of the Divine in Locke, Paine, and Jefferson"
Julie Holcomb: "Buy for the Sake of the Slave: Consumer Activism and the Abolition of Slavery"

2:00-2:55 | Panel Session #5
Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Studio
Jones Library, Second Floor

Brad Owens: "W. R. 'Bob' Poage: Retail Politics in Wartime"
Chet Edwards: "Veteran's Rights"
Eva Doyle: "Public Health Perspectives on Health as a Basic Human Right"

3:00-4:10 | Closing Address: Dr. Carlos Juarez
Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Studio
Jones Library, Second Floor