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Powell's Books Presents Suzanne Nossel in Conversation With Jacob Weisberg
Online trolls and fascist chat groups. Controversies over campus lectures. Cancel culture versus censorship. The daily hazards and debates surrounding free speech dominate headlines and fuel social media storms. In an era where one tweet can launch — or end — your career, and where free speech is often invoked as a principle but rarely understood, learning to maneuver the fast-changing, treacherous landscape of public discourse has never been more urgent. In DARE TO SPEAK: DEFENDING FREE SPEECH FOR ALL (Dey Street), PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, freewheeling but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips readers with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digitized, and highly divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression. Nossel will be joined in conversation by Jacob Weisberg, author, former Slate editor, and CEO of Pushkin Industries, an audio publishing company he cofounded with Malcolm Gladwell in 2018. This event is cosponsored by PEN America.

Aug 17, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Suzanne Nossel
Suzanne Nossel is the CEO of PEN America, the foremost organization working to protect and advance human rights, free expression and literature. She has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA; and held senior State Department positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Nossel frequently writes op-eds for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications, as well as a regular column for Foreign Policy magazine. She lives in New York City.
Jacob Weisberg
Jacob Weisberg is the CEO of Pushkin Industries, an audio publishing company he co-founded with Malcolm Gladwell in 2018. Pushkin produces audiobooks and podcasts, including Revisionist History, Against the Rules with Michael Lewis, The Happiness Lab with Laurie Santos, and Solvable, a show about solving the world’s biggest problems, which Weisberg co-hosts. Weisberg covered national politics as a journalist at The New Republic, Newsweek, and New York Magazine before joining Slate in 1996. He was editor of Slate from 2002 to 2008. He is the author of books including Ronald Reagan (2016), The Bush Tragedy (2008), and In an Uncertain World (2003), written with former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. Weisberg is a former Financial Times columnist and contributor to the New York Review of Books, where he writes about technology and media. He is Vice-Chair of The Committee to Protect Journalists.