On July 26 PEN America will host a panel titled “Crossing Cultural Red Lines: New Threats to Free Expression in the Arts” at Subculture in New York City’s East Village.
Led by Rebecca Carroll (WNYC), the panel brings together cultural critic and poet Katha Pollitt of The Washington Post, House of Cards actor Corey Stoll, and The Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis.
PEN America is the literary journal of the PEN American Center, the U.S. sector of the world’s leading literary and human rights organization that advocates for freedom of expression through writing. This year, Stephen Sondheim was awarded the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award, which is presented each year to “a critically acclaimed author whose work embodies PEN America’s mission to oppose repression in any form and to champion the best of humanity.”
The panel arrives in the wake of recent controversies, such as the protests and discontinuation of media sponsorships at the Public’s production of Julius Caesar for Shakespeare in the Park and the protests of Lincoln Center’s production of a play by an Israeli theatre company. Speakers will debate what is permissible in the arts, the possibility of new lines not to be crossed, and more.
For tickets and information visit SubcultureNewYork.com.