Spotlighting Russia's recent anti-propaganda law in relation to sport, performance and LGBT and Olympic history, the festival of staged readings and panels continues through Jan. 19.
Propaganda's events include the first presentation of Daria Wilke's LGBT young adult novel "The Jester's Cap" in a new theatrical adaptation in Cooper Union's Rose Auditorium Jan. 18 at 3 PM. The panel "Translating Experience" follows.
The first English translation of Oleg Mikhailov's drama Pelmeny, as well as a reading of Vladimir Nabokov's "Breitenstrater-Paolino" are presented Jan. 18 at 7 PM. The event will be followed by the panel "Civil Liberties: Examining Russia's Past, Present and Future," moderated by Nancy Goldstein, journalist for the Guardian and U.S. News & World Report.
Following the reading, Gessen, journalist and NY Times International Opinion contributor, will make her first public appearance since expatriating from Russia, speaking in a panel discussion entitled "Sport and Art in a Censored Society" at 6:30 PM. The panel will also feature Olympic medalist Adkins and Spectrum president Larry Poltavtsev.
All proceeds from Propaganda: A Festival Celebrating Russian Voices will benefit the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance.
Tickets for Propaganda's events are available at PropagandaFestival2014.tumblr.com/tickets.