PEN World Voices, A People's Assembly in the Spirit of The Path to Hope

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 3 - 4:30pm

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Free and open to the public

Given their involvement in May 6th's French Presidential elections, Stéphane Hessel and Edgar Morin decided that they should remain in France. In the spirit of The Path to Hope and Time for Outrage!, PEN World Voices Festival, Creative Time, and Occupy's theory magazine Tidal invite you to participate in a people's assembly. Inverting the traditional panel structure, the audience will act as active participants in an exploration of the principals of the Occupy movement and Hessel and Morin's calls for a "broad insurrection of conscience." For more information:

 * This event is a new event. It is replacing the conversation with Stéphane Hessel, Edgar Morin, and  Laurie Anderson that was previously scheduled to take place at this time.

Co-Sponsored by The Cooper Union

The Eighth Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature
New York City, April 30-May 6, 2012

*Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham, E. L. Doctorow, Jennifer Egan, Aleksandar Hemon, Etgar Keret, Tony Kushner, Philipe Levine, Claire Messud, Herta Müller, Francine Prose, Salman Rushdie, Luc Sante, Marjane Satrapi, Sonia Sanchez, Ludmilla Ulitskaya, Kronos Quartet, Elevator Repair Service, *and many more -- 100 writers from 25 nations convene in New York to celebrate the power of the written word in action. Engage with literature in bold and unexpected ways and discover how words can be amplified through music, theater, puppetry, film, and much more. The program features performances, discussions, one-on-one conversations, and readings at venues crisscrossing the city, from Harlem to Wall Street, including the festival hubs -- The Standard, New York; The Standard, East Village; and the High Line.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • 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.