ROUSSEAU 2012 / DIGNITY @ NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY
The University of Notre Dame joins a world-wide examination of the legacy of the Swiss philosopher and writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau. 2012 marks the tricentennial of his birth; the international organization of events is being led by colleagues in Geneva. The Notre Dame events, titled “Rousseau 2012 / DIGNITY” explain why we should keep reading Rousseau today through the lens of key concepts on political justice, power relations, and religious liberty. To the question, why is Jean-Jacques Rousseau relevant today? We reply emphatically, JJR is a pioneer of humanitarian thought.
Our efforts aim to provide teachers and students with key insights into Rousseau and stunning visual supports that are “good to think with” and engage us in the work of creating a more humane world. The visual centerpiece of the project is a large and gripping photographic DIGNITY exhibit at the Snite Museum of Art. This exhibit was unveiled in Paris from May-July 2010. It is its American début at Notre Dame before a travelling in the USA in years ahead. Guaranteed to deliver a jolt to audiences, this exhibit provides a heart-wrenching, honest portrayal of what poverty looks and feels like, as reported by people speaking their own stories from five countries: Egypt, India, Macedonia, Mexico, and Nigeria.
List of events for Rousseau 2012/Dignity