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CC to Host Three-Day International Rousseau Conference

Colorado College will host noted Rousseau scholars from around the world at three-day conference titled “The Enduring Challenge of Rousseau’s Thought: Tercentenary Conference.” The event, which features more than two dozen Rousseau experts, will be held Dec. 13-15 on the CC campus.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of Rousseau’s birth in 1712, and the 250th anniversary of the publication of “Emile.” While the magnitude of Rousseau’s legacy is incontestable, the conference’s objective is to bring renewed attention to Rousseau’s genuine and yet at times still undervalued stature as a scientist, philosopher, and artist. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought.

“We hope that the work presented at this conference will serve to showcase how very deeply and subtly Rousseau thought, to explore some of the complex problems that he treats so radically and profoundly, to bring to life the vigorous debates in which he is engaged with his most thoughtful contemporaries and predecessors, and to demonstrate the subtlety and depth of discipline that he brought to his many endeavors,” says CC Associate Political Science Professor Eve Grace, chair of the conference.

Michael O'Dea, a prominent scholar of Rousseau and emeritus professor at the University of Lyon, France, will deliver the keynote address, “Reading Rousseau’s ‘Confessions’ in 2013,” on the opening day.

The conference is sponsored by Colorado College and the Rousseau Association/Association Rousseau. For the complete schedule, go to: