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HUMSS - Benjamin Nathans

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Nathans

University of Pennsylvania

HUMSS - Benjamin Nathans
When May 04, 2020
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Zoom-Meeting
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To the Success of Our Hopeless Cause: On Soviet Dissidents

This colloquium will explore the idea and practice of rights and the rule of law in an unlikely setting: late Soviet socialism.  The attached prologue offers a framework for understanding how Soviet dissidents, themselves products of Soviet civilization, created the Cold War’s “other” civil rights movement.  Understanding this process - how orthodoxies contain the seeds of their own heresies - promises to shed light on a movement whose goal was to promote the containment of the Soviet state from within.