December 8: Sarah Snyder on “Human Rights before Carter”

Underlying much of the writing on United States foreign relations is the conviction that human rights were of limited consequence in policymaking during the 1960s and the early 1970s.  Sarah Snyder’s current research, however, shows that efforts to emphasize human rights began in the 1960s, driven by nonstate and lower-level actors and facilitating the issue’s later prominence due to the development of the networks and tactics critical to greater institutionalization of human rights in these years.

Sarah B. Snyder is an assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service. She is the author of Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network (2011) as well as articles on the Cold War, human rights activism, and United States human rights policy in Diplomatic History, Cold War History, and Human Rights Quarterly.

The seminar meets at 4:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop.

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year. See www.nationalhistorycenter.org for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for its support. Reservations requested because of limited seating.

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