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Suzanne Nossel

Thursday, August 20, 2020
Virtual Event
Tickets: $10

Ticket holders will be emailed a link to view this lecture on Thursday, August 20, 2020 in the afternoon. The link will then be available to view for one week.

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Mystery Lovers Bookshop has copies of Dare to Speak for pre-sale online.
"This brave, wise, succinct book is a must-read for writers, speakers, teachers, journalists, and, well, anyone who talks."

Dare to Speak bookcover
In Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All, 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. Replete with insightful arguments, colorful examples, and salient advice, Dare to Speak brings much-needed clarity and guidance to this pressing—and often misunderstood—debate.

Suzanne Nossel is the CEO of PEN America, the foremost organization working to protect and advance human rights, free expression and literature. She has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA; and held senior State Department positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Nossel frequently writes op-eds for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications, as well as a regular column for Foreign Policy magazine. She lives in New York City.

This New & Noted event is
presented in partnership with

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
PA Council on the Arts
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