Conversations with Writers presented by PEN America, The Dallas Morning News, and the Dallas Institute
Across America, the consensus opinion is that this is a time for action—for forcefully confronting social and cultural issues that have gone unaddressed for years and decades, even centuries. Yet in the deliberative framework of a democracy, words still are the portal to action. What we read and think and speak about sets the stage for what we do.
In this series, six prominent writers engage in candid conversation through a variety of mediums about the issues that matter most to us in this historical moment and how public discourse, stories, and images influence what we aspire to achieve in the realm of action.
- Three sessions:
- Tuesday, September 29, 5:00-6:00 pm, central time;
- Tuesday, October 6, 6:00-7:00 pm, central time;
- Third date to be announced.
Complimentary event, but RSVP requested.
Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for AllSeptember 29, 5:00-6:00 pm Central Time
CEO of PEN America
American Fiction Writer
|In Dare To Speak, Suzanne Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, free-wheeling but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips readers with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digitized, and highly-divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression.|
Homeland ElegiesOctober 6, 6:00-7:00 pm Central Time
Playwright, Novelist, and Screenwriter
Fiction and Non-fiction Writer
|A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.|