PEN World Voices, Occupy a New Debate

Sunday, May 6, 2012 1:00 - 2:30pm

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Participants:  Mark Greif, Sarah Leonard, Sarah Resnick, Nikil Saval; Moderated by Keith Gessen

What has Occupy Wall Street done—and what it is doing now? With these questions in mind, the Occupy! Gazette sprang out of the first weeks of the Wall Street Occupation to present an early analysis of the movement’s development and is, as explained on the publication’s Kickstarter page: “an attempt to begin to think through what is happening, written by people both on the ground and across the river.” Occupy! Gazette founders will discuss their inspiration for the publication and the challenges of writing about Occupy Wall Street as it unfolds, considering both the movement in its current form and its potential.  For more information: http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/6426/prmID/2206

Tickets: $15/$10 PEN Members and students with valid ID 866-811-4111 or www.pen.org
 
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.

www.pen.org/festival

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.