Power of the Arts: From Propaganda to Free Speech
In partnership with PEN America World Voices Festival 2017, Index on Censorship and the British Council, this event will explore the power of theatre, literature and journalism to promote free speech. Using the work of Shakespeare as a starting point, we will consider the various ways in which his work has been used throughout the centuries to channel dissent and how his voice resonates in today’s debates on openness, creativity and free speech. Featuring readings by 2016 Forward Prize winner Vahni Capildeo, and a panel discussion with renowned theatre director Dominic Dromgoole, Alexa Alice Joubin (Co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute at George Washington University), and Jodie Ginsberg (CEO, Index on Censorship). Moderated by Sandra Gibson (Principal & Managing Director, Devos Institute). This is certainly not an event to be missed!
This program is part of Shakespeare Lives, a global program celebrating the continuing resonance of Shakespeare around the world led by the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign. The global program officially ended in 2016, but some activities will continue in the USA and worldwide in 2017.