7 p.m. March 22 – Sarah B. Snyder, Ph.D., professor at American University’s School of International Service, discusses human rights activism and policy, in the Bayley Room on the second floor of OWU’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

Her presentation is titled, "When, How, and Why Has the United States Put Human Rights 'at the Center' of its Foreign Policy?"

As early as Thomas Jefferson’s 1776 Declaration of Independence, Americans discussed their “rights” and those of others. Yet, as Snyder will show, attention to human rights has been mixed historically, despite the leading role that an American, Eleanor Roosevelt, played in drafting the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

In her lecture, Snyder will analyze the history of U.S. human rights policy -- or when, how, and why the United States has put human rights "at the center" of its foreign policy over the subsequent 60 years.

Snyder is a historian of U.S. foreign relations who specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism, and U.S. human rights policy. Her latest book, “From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy,” explains “how transnational connections and 1960s-era social movements inspired Americans to advocate for a new approach to human rights.”

Her presentation represents Ohio Wesleyan’s 2020 Robert Kragalott Lecture on Genocide, Mass Atrocity, and Human Rights. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/history.