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April 27, 2010
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ACLU And PEN American Center Present Face To Face: Confronting The Torturers On Thursday In New York

An Evening Of Readings Underscoring The Importance Of Confronting Those Who Authorized And Carried Out Torture

NEW YORK - April 27 - The American Civil Liberties Union, PEN American Center and Joe's Pub will present Face to Face: Confronting the Torturers this Thursday, April 29 at Joe's Pub in New York as part of the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. The event will feature renowned authors and artists from around the globe reading from literature in which people confront their torturers.

With mounting evidence that the United States tortured hundreds of detainees in the "War on Terror," people of conscience everywhere are watching to see if those who ordered and carried out the abuse will be held accountable. Many of those watching are in countries that have successfully confronted their own legacies of torture and human rights abuses. The event will feature readings from documentary and imaginative literature from around the world depicting people standing face-to-face with their torturers, both literally and figuratively.

Face to Face: Confronting the Torturers, an evening of readings from around the world underscoring the importance of confronting those who have authorized and carried out torture

Lawrence Weschler, author of A Miracle, a Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers, will be joined by international writers and artists Alina Bronsky, Rodrigo Fresán, Mohsin Hamid, Aleksandar Hemon, Randa Jarrar, Irakli Kakabadze, Elias Khoury, valter hugo mãe, Sofi Oksanen, Peter Schneider and others

With remarks by Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU Center for Democracy, and Larry Siems, Director of Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Center

Thursday, April 29
9:30 p.m. EDT

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY

$15/$10 for ACLU/PEN members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available through or (212) 967-7555, or at the door

Press tickets available by contacting (212) 549-2689 or


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.


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