Toleration, Enlightenment, and the Invention of Human Rights | Newberry

Toleration, Enlightenment, and the Invention of Human Rights

Friday, February 22, 2019

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Mike Lynn, Purdue Northwest
Full. Waitlist only.
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar will discuss how eighteenth-century thinkers developed and understood the idea of individual human rights. They espoused the idea, embodied in the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789), that “all men are born free and remain equal in rights.” But putting this notion into practice during the age of Enlightenment proved somewhat difficult. The rights of men and women, Europeans from non-Europeans, those of differing races and religions, all posed problems for people trying to articulate their desire to tolerate differences and embrace diversity. The focus will be on authors such as Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Wollstonecraft, and Beccaria.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.