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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


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.

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 Fresan, Mohsin Hamid, Aleksandar Hemon,
Randa Jarrar, Irakli Kakabadze, Elias Khoury, valter hugo mae, 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 was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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