​Human Rights, Literature, the Arts, and Social Sciences

International Conference at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
Hosted by Central Michigan University
November 22 - 23, 2013
More than sixty years after the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the attainment of universal human rights remains elusive. The persistence of repressive and discriminatory national policies, cultural practices, wars, genocide, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, rape, and other forms of violence threaten the maintenance of human rights.
This conference will focus on the role of literature (the Humanities), the arts, and Social Sciences in the discussion, representation, and promotion of human rights. We emphasize how writers, artists, theorists, scholars, and lawyers construct and engage the issue of human rights, paying attention to ethical, political, social, economic, and cultural implications of either violations or the constructions of human rights.
Conference Contact Information:
Professor Maureen N. Eke
Department of English
Anspach Hall 215
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Conference Sponsors
  • College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Department of English Language and Literature
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • Office for Institutional Diversity
  • Office of the Provost
  • The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Conference Committee
Conference Convener:
Maureen Ngozi Eke, Professor, Department of English Language & Literature
Benjamin Ramirez-shkwegnaabi, Professor, Department of History
Sterling Johnson, Professor, Department of Political Science