March 14, 2018

12:00PM - 1:00PM
Cohen Hall
Terrace Room
249 S. 36th Street
  • Kristen Ghodsee

    Professor, Russian and East European Studies

Sex and Superpower Rivalry: Women's Rights and Cold War Competition at the United Nations, 1968-1989

Knowledge by the Slice

During the Cold War, ideological competition between the capitalist West and the state socialist East fueled scientific and technological progress as the superpowers endeavored to outdo each other in the space race and the development of superior weapons of mass destruction. But superpower rivalries also impacted social progress as each Bloc vied for the hearts and minds of the citizens of the newly independent countries in the Global South. In this talk, Kristen R. Ghodsee, a professor of Russian and East European Studies, will explore the impacts of Cold War rhetoric on the progress of women's rights.

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