PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL

April 16 – April 22

Join more than 165 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities as they gather in New York for the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival: Resist and Reimagine. Ideas will spark your imagination and words will inspire you to act. At this moment of great division, come together for conversations, debates, readings and workshops to take a collective step toward a more just world.

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Resist and Reimagine: Opening Night in Three Acts

Hosted by The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs
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The M Word: No Country for Young Muslim Women

In many western countries, being Muslim, young, and female brings with it a particularly heavy burden. Amani Al-Khatahtbeh and Yassmin Abdel-Magied talk about how to survive in cultures that hate them.
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Where Do We Go From Here?

Fifty years ago this month, Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain. Thus, America lost its moral lodestar. The country was in crisis, beset by racial conflict provoked by the simple demand that a nation live up to its ideals. In his final book, Dr. King examined the direction of the civil rights movement, and the...
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An Evening with Roxane Gay

In this keynote event of the Festival, Roxane Gay engages with today’s big subjects, including #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, body size, and feminism.
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The Trick of Translation

Writer and translator Jhumpa Lahiri speaks with Domenico Starnone about the work that has made him one of Italy’s finest writers, and the rewards that come with literature’s journey to a new language.
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The Wonder of R.J. Palacio

RJ Palacio of the bestselling "Wonder", a series of books and now a major-motion picture, talks about how embracing our differences and celebrating others is the path towards a brighter future.
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