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  • 2018 PEN America Literary Awards
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    2018 PEN America Literary Awards

    The PEN America Literary Awards, given annually since 1963, recognizes books in a range of categories; from biography and science writing to essays and poetry.

  • Panel Discussion on Banned Books
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    Panel Discussion on Banned Books

    David Levithan, author of Two Boys Kissing, Coe Booth, author of Kinda Like Brothers, and Ariel Schrag, author of Stuck in the Middle, talked about banned books.

  • Masha Gessen Delivers Arthur Miller Lecture
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    2017 Arthur Miller Lecture

    Author Masha Gessen delivered the Arthur Miller Lecture followed by an interview with Samantha Bee as part of the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival. Ms. Gessen books include The Future is…

  • Discussion on Net Neutrality
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    Open Internet

    Panelists talked about the concept of “open Internet,” also know as “net neutrality,” and whether the Internet is a public utility. “Open Internet” refers to the idea that Internet providers must allow…

  • Panel Discussion on Secularism Islam and Democracy
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    Panel Discussion on Secularism, Islam, and Democracy

    From Cooper Union in New York City, a panel discussion on issues facing Muslims in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States featuring Oxford University professor Tariq Ramadan. This was…

  • Access to Presidential Records
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    Access to Presidential Records

    Historians talked about historical research of American presidents, public records and presidential papers, and the number and availability of documents. They also talked about efforts by…

  • PEN Reading Speech by Umberto Eco
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    PEN Reading Speech by Umberto Eco

    Umberto Eco delivered remarks at the Third Annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture in the Great Hall of Cooper Union. Topics included how fiction and “untruth” inform our reality, indisputable…

  • Remembering Anna Politkovskaya
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    Remembering Anna Politkovskaya

    A tribute was held for Russian journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya who was murdered on October 7, 2006 in the elevator of her apartment building. A special correspondent for Russia’s Novaya…

  • Iranian Culture and Society
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    Iranian Culture and Society

    LIVE from the NYPL hosted a discussion titled “Who’s Afraid of Iran?” about the different conceptions people hold about Iranians and to expose some myths and stereotypes. It featured the…

  • Readings Against Torture and Arbitrary Detention
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    Readings Against Torture and Arbitrary Detention

    PEN American Center’s second “State of Emergency: Unconventional Readings” event called “Readings Against Torture, Arbitrary Detention and Extraordinary Rendition” was presented in…

  • Readings on Free Expression
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    Readings on Free Expression

    PEN American Center presented a forum called “State of Emergency: Unconventional Readings” as part of their “Campaign for Core Freedoms.” Ffifteen authors read selections from such writers…

  • Writing Childrens Memoirs
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    Writing Children's Memoirs

    Panelists talked about writing children’s memoirs. Among the topics they discussed were how to write the memoirs for children, how to interest children in reading, and publishing children’s…