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  • Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture
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    Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture

    Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and other books, delivered the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture at the PEN World Voices Festival. This program contains language that may be…

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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Freedom to Write Lecture
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    Freedom to Write Lecture

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered the 2015 PEN World Voices Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture and then participated in a Q&A with Andrew Solomon, president of the PEN American Center.

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  • The Writers Imagination and the Imagination of the State
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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 world’s troubles. Participants…

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  • 2011 PEN Freedom to Write Lecture
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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 Miller Freedom to…

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  • Ariel Dorfman in Conversation with Gabriel Sanders
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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 government in Chile…

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    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 with Italian…

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  • Freedom to Write Lecture
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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 Present.” A conversation…

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  • Economic Crisis and How to Deal with It
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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 and implications…

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  • Freedom to Write Lecture
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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 freedom to write in the United States, the…

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  • Confronting the Worst  Writing and Catastrophe
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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 explored whether…

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  •  Freedom to Write Lecture
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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 sustained…

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  • Faith and Politics in the US and the World
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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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  • Writing and Politics
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    Writing and Politics

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