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    2011 PEN Freedom to Write Lecture

    Nigerian author Wole Soyinka talked about censorship and “a writer’s purpose and responsibility in a climate of forced silence and intolerance.” The Sixth Annual Arthur…

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    The Writer's Imagination and the Imagination of the State

    In honor of a PEN conference organized by Norman Mailer 25 years ago, writers discussed how governments can work together across national boundaries, as writers do, to improve the…

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    Ariel Dorfman in Conversation with Gabriel Sanders

    Ariel Dorfman talked about his life and work in art and politics. A Chilean-American poet, novelist, playwright, human rights activist, he was part of Salvador Allende’s…

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    Book Discussion on Days of Fear

    In 2007, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, a reporter for Italy’s La Repubblica, was kidnapped by the Taliban and witnessed his driver being decapitated. He talked about his experiences…

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    Freedom to Write Lecture

    Author Christopher Hitchens delivered the 2010 PEN World Voices Festival’s Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture.  The lecture was titled “Crucibles: Past and…

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    Freedom to Write Lecture

    Egyptian novelist, psychiatrist, and activist Nawal El Saadawi delivered the fourth annual PEN World Voices Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture. Topics included a subtle lack of…

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    Economic Crisis and How to Deal with It

    The panel talked about the current economic crisis and what to do about it. Topics included the federal “stress tests” for banks that received federal funding, the causes…

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    Freedom to Write Lecture

    David Grossman, an Israeli author and journalist, delivered the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture. Topics included violence and war, moral judgment, the language of citizens of a…

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    Faith and Politics in the U.S. and the World

    As part of the PEN/New York Festival of International Literature, moderated by Robert Silvers, authors discussed the impact of religion on politics in a variety of countries around the…

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    Confronting the Worst: Writing and Catastrophe

    Moderated by Ms. Linfield, a group of writers discussed topics such as the writer’s role as documentarian, scourge to conscience and action, and moral witness. They also…

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    Writing and Politics

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