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PEN World Voices / Literary Mews: TELL ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE

Part of the Literary Mews and the PEN World Voices Festival. Click here for the complete Literary Mews program.

A conversation among authors Marion Brasch, Zetta Elliott and Siri Hustvedt. Moderated by Marcia Pally (NYU).

Many of you will recognize this panel title as the onset of a call and response – a unifying chant – and one of the most prominent at the Women’s March on Washington D.C. on January 21, 2017 (and again on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration). This march, and many similar ones across the U.S. and the globe, were organized in order to advocate legislation pertaining to human rights, women’s rights, immigration reform, racial equality, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, and healthcare reform to name a few.

This panel invites writers, thinkers, and journalists to reflect on the current crises that democratic institutions and governments around the world are facing as part of the rise of strong populist movements. It will not only examine the power of everyday citizens to affect change through protest and resistance, but also their individual approaches to activism and how to fortify the democratic principles we rely on.

Sponsored by DAAD.

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