Parisian Luxury

The Pursuit of Happiness
Sponsored by Bard College and Skidmore College
at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
April 24-26, 2009

Happiness our being’s end and aim is at bottom, if we will count well, not yet two centuries old in the world.  --Thomas Carlyle

Following on the 2008 INCS theme, The Emergence of Human Rights, this conference will focus on the pursuit of happiness, that elusive corollary to life and liberty.  What form did happiness and the comprehension of happiness take in the nineteenth century?

Generously funded by Skidmore College's President's Office, the Dean of the Faculty, the Office of Special Programs, the SGA Speakers Bureau, and the Departments of English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Government, Philosophy, Psychology, Art History, and Classics; and Bard College's Office of the Dean of the College, the Division of Languages and Literature, the Division of Social Studies, and the Programs of Literature, French Studies, Italian Studies, Art History, Theology, Music, Russian Studies, Psychology, and Human Rights.  Support has also come from INCS and Routledge ABES.