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Why Civic Culture Matters

May 10 @ 6:30 pm

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Civic Culture
This is a free event, but registration is required.

Civic culture defines what’s possible in a democracy. The norms and values that shape the way we live together precede the structural changes made to policies and legislation. How can we normalize habits of debate, dissent, and the free exchange of ideas? How do we address current narratives and create a new story of us? To address these questions, in light of the upcoming elections, panelists Eunice Nichols, Jose Antonio Vargas, Shanta Thake, and moderator Eric Liu will discuss civic culture and its importance to a democratic society.

The 2024 PEN World Voices Festival, the 20th anniversary of the festival, will be a celebration of world literature and free expression. Over four days, over 100 writers from nearly 30 countries will be featured in engaging talks, panels, readings, and performances in New York City and greater Los Angeles.

Visit https://worldvoices.pen.org/ for more information about the entire festival, as well as PEN America.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is a fully ADA accessible space.

ASL interpretation is available for this event by request only. Please reach out to our Box Office team at publicprograms@pen.org by April 21st to request.

Please ask a Box Office Attendant or festival representative upon arrival for directions to accessible seating if preferred.

For further information on accessibility in this space, or to make a request, please contact publicprograms@pen.org


COVID-19 2024 Festival Policy:
While not required, per public health official guidelines, the World Voices Festival recommends being fully vaccinated, and wearing masks in all public indoor settings as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19, as well as around crowds.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to the event. Reach out to publicprograms@pen.org for assistance if you have already purchased a ticket.

We thank you for ensuring our speakers, guests and venue workers feel safe and comfortable at all World Voices Festival events. If you have questions or concerns please contact publicprograms@pen.org


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Free with registration