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There are already so many examples of popular phrases being rooted in unpopular and even terrible truths. “Changing hearts and minds” was first used to justify US colonization of the Philippines. Today, a “Clean Air” Act might hide a law that allows factories to pollute more. Certain news outlets falsely claim to conduct “fair and balanced reporting.” Where else are words being hollowed out? Join John Freeman, Mieko Kawakami, and Elif Shafak as they discuss how language operates in the public sphere in their societies. They single out the words that still have the power to upend dialogues where the greater good is under siege.
This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.