Azar Nafisi and PEN America: Raising A Glass To Freedom of Speech

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PEN America announces the opening of their Washington Office and the appointment of Gabe Rottman as Washington Director.

PEN America‘s presence in Washington allows them to build on their advocacy work in recent years on issues including press freedom, surveillance reform, freedom of assembly, and campus free speech here in the U.S. and free expression issues in China and Hong Kong, Russia, Myanmar, Turkey, Mexico, and around the world.

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. They champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world.

Join Executive Director Suzanne Nossel and Gabe Rottman for an evening celebrating PEN America’s mission and future, both crucial in this political moment.

Featuring Azar Nafisi and Gabe Rottman:

Azar Nafisi is an Iranian writer and professor of English literature. Nafisi is the critically acclaimed author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a long-running number one New York Times bestseller published in thirty-two languages, and Things I’ve Been Silent About, also a New York Times bestseller.

A fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, she has taught at Oxford University and several universities in Tehran.

Gabe Rottman, a graduate of McGill University and Georgetown Law School, previously served as a Deputy Director at the Center for Democracy & Technology and as Legislative Counsel and Policy Adviser for First Amendment issues at the ACLU.

Raben and the Arts

The Raben Group has a long history of supporting and uplifting the creative arts, whether by supporting visionary clients such as Elizabeth Alexander and Anna Deavere Smith or through creating groundbreaking initiatives such as The March on Washington Civil Rights Film Festival.

We celebrate and salute PEN America in their mission to unite writers and allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.