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PEN World Voices Festival presents
Resist and Reimagine: Opening Night in Three Acts
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00PM

The Great Hall | The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues)
New York, NY 10003


Three brilliant authors, three outstanding acts covering everything from the global refugee crisis to the legacy of slavery to infanticide. Maxine Beneba Clarke brings to life the voice of detained journalist, Behrouz Boochani. Then, in one of the most celebrated and powerful books of the past year, Colson Whitehead reimagined the metaphorical Underground Railroad – one of America’s most potent and enduring examples of resistance. He talks about the creative imagination required to find the historical truth, and how the legacy of slavery reverberates throughout our history -- from Jim Crow laws to the resurgence of white supremacy. Leila Slimani discusses every parent’s worst nightmare with New Yorker writer, Adam Gopnik, at our explosive opening night.

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