Spotlighting Russia's recent anti-propaganda law in relation to sport, performance and LGBT and Olympic history, the festival of staged readings and panels will be held Jan. 18-19 at Cooper Union.
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" will follow.
The first English translation of Oleg Mikhailov's drama Pelmeny, as well as a reading of Vladimir Nabokov's, "Breitenstrater-Paolino," will be 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, Masha 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 Derrick Adkins and Spectrum president Larry Poltavtsev. Ari Ezra Waldman, legal editor at Towleroad. will moderate.
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.