History Professor Publishes Article on Truth, Lies & Human Rights
Dr. Meredith Roman (Associate Professor in the Department of History) published a peer-reviewed article in the international Journal of Contemporary History comparing the struggle over truth, lies, and human rights in the United States and the Soviet Union in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Dr. Roman’s new article in the Journal of Contemporary History explores how in the late 1960s and early 1970s Soviet activists in the USSR and members of the Black Panther Party in the United States emphasised the need to document the truth of domestic human rights abuses not in the land of the Cold War adversary but in their own.
In the process, they contested the official lies and dominant misrepresentations of Soviet citizens and African Americans that obscured those routine human rights abuses. They also conceived of the act of speaking the truth in word and deed as facilitating their own liberation from what they similarly identified as a devastating Soviet and American spiritual death in countries that were officially represented in the Cold War universe as the moral antithesis.