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The Arthur Miller PEN America Freedom to Write Lecture

P E N   W O R L D   V O I C E S   F E S T I V A L

Named for the former PEN president and fierce defender of the freedom of expression, the annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture is the keynote event of the week-long PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature and features leading voices addressing critical free expression challenges.”  pen.org

Watch Ta-Nehisi Coates 2023 Lecture

Past Lectures include:

2022 lecture: May 13 – Novelist and PEN Ukraine President Andrey Kurkov


Richard Flanagan’s 2021 lecture. More about Richard Flanagan

2020: Explore PEN America Digital World Voices Festival: “These Truths”

2020: Nikole Hannah-Jones & the 1619 Project. [Event postponed due to festival cancellation.]

   nikolehannahjones.com

The 1619 Project, The New York Times

 

      2019: Arundhati Roy

“Literature Provides Shelter.  That’s Why We Need it.”  The Guardian (abridged lecture)

 

      2018: Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

      2017:   Masha Gennen

 

      2016 Roxane Gay

 

      2015: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

      2014: Colm Tóibín

“The Censor in Each of Us” The New Yorker (based on lecture)

 

      2013: Sonia Sotomayor

 

      2012: Salman Rushdie

“On Censorship” The New Yorker  (based on lecture)

 

      2011: Wole Soyinka

 

      2010: Christopher Hitchens

 

      2009:  Nawal El Saadawi

 

      2008: Umberto Eco

 

      2007: David Grossman

“Writing in the Dark” The New York Times Magazine (adapted from lecture)

“The writing cure” The Guardian (edited extract from lecture)

 

      2006: Orhan Pamuk (video unavailable)

“Freedom to Write” complete lecture text published by Prague Writers’ Festival and also in The New York Review of Book]

 

[author photos courtesy of pen.org]