As winter slowly turned to spring late this April through early May, over 150 writers from around the world gathered in New York for the 10th annual PEN World Voices Festival in International Literature. The festival, created in 2004 by Salman Rushdie, then PEN America president, seeks to offer “first hand cultural and political experience from different countries,” and is the only literature festival with an explicitly human rights focus.
In the festival’s panel on Central Europe, entitled Broken Dreams in Two Acts: 25 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall, TCDS Director Elzbieta Matynia joined renowned writers and activists Timothy Garton Ash, György Konrád, Geert Mak, and Adam Michnik in exploring the historical significance of the revolution that led to this momentous event, its achievements, as well as its shortfalls, now illuminated by history. You can watch the full video of the talk below:
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