PEN World Voices Festival | NYC April 25 – May 1, 2016

Opening Night: The Future Is Now

Zanele Muholi

For this flagship event, speakers gave intelligent, original, humorous, and lyrical insights for what the world will look like in the year 2050. Mona Eltahawy spoke about the 2050 Egyptian president: a bisexual, female poet. Zanele Muholi addressed pan-African LGBTQIA rights. Aminatta Forna tackled Ebola. Fedor Alexandrovich went on a poetic rant about sex and a telepathic deer. Tom Stoppard used allegory to discuss the importance of generosity. Jackie Wang addressed the death of Freddie Gray. Binyavanga Wainaina spoke about the recent deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean. Lola Shoneyin prophesied a paradise governed by women, only to be destroyed by men. 

Sponsored, in part, by NYU Africa House; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body, and the Melbourne Writers Festival; the British Council; the Consulate General of Denmark in New York; and The Danish Arts Foundation. 
Hosted by the Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programming.