[CANCELED] Monuments of Migration: A Public Reading of Refugee Stories

Outdoor Event
06 May 2020
6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Madison Square Park
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument
4-28 Madison Square North
New York, NY 10010

Whose stories are remembered and memorialized? As attention to the refugee crisis deepens in the United States and globally, individual stories of loss, movement, hope, and home for those sustaining the impact tend to get lost. At this event, resettled refugees alongside award-winning actors will read moving passages from texts centered on stories of migration and immigration, including Hannah Arendt’s “We Refugees,” Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Dave Eggers’ What is the What, Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. The event is presented in conjunction with Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Monument, which features the voices and likeness of twelve resettled refugees superimposed on the Farragut Monument in Madison Square Park.

This event is co-presented with the Madison Square Park and made possible thanks to the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

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The live events of the 2020 World Voices Festival have been canceled due to concerns about the safety of participants and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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