In Conversation: Masha Gessen and Samantha Bee

Sunday, May 7, 2017 6:00 - 7:30pm

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Named for the former PEN president and fierce defender of the freedom of expression, the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture is a defining event of the PEN World Voices Festival. This year’s lecture will be two-part: Russian and American journalist and author Masha Gessen will give a short lecture followed by a longer conversation with Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

This is a ticketed event ($35) and is part of the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival.

Hosted by the Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs

Photo of Masha Gessen by Lee Towndrow.  Samantha Bee photo courtesy of TBS

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.