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Cumbre Estudiantil de PEN America sobre la Libertad de Expresión – American School of Asunción

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Day 1: Thursday, May 25, 2023, 16:00 – 18:00 Local Time in Paraguay
Day 2: Friday, May 26, 2023, 10:00 – 15:30 Local Time in Paraguay




PEN America will be coming to the American School of Asuncion in Spring 2023 to host a special Free Expression Student Summit with literary and human rights-themed workshops led by student leaders, PEN America, and special guests. The event will include an evening and a half-day of programming that will help aim to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote free expression locally, in Paraguay, and beyond. On Thursday, May 25 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, students will be invited to the Summit launch with an introductory presentation about PEN America and international free expression advocacy followed by a panel dinner featuring special guest activists and artists from the region. The following day on Friday, May 26 from 10am to 3:30pm, students will then be invited to join a more hands-on schedule complete with workshops on: human rights law, artistic freedom, and activism. The program will conclude with a final discussion on advocacy that centers the free expression and preservation of Guaraní culture in Paraguay and across South America.


Important Information:

  • Registration is *FREE* and open to students of the American School of Asuncion, and students from other local high schools.
  • Spanish will be the primary language of the event with some translations offered in English.
  • Parents and faculty of the American School of Asuncion are welcome to attend the May 25 panel and dinner event, however, the May 26 workshops are limited to high school students. Faculty from the American School of Asuncion are also welcome to audit any of the workshops on May 26th.
  • If you have any questions about the event, please contact us via email at [email protected].


Day 1: Thursday, May 25, 2023

Activity: Start: End:
Participant registration 15:30 16:00
Introduction to the Summit and Guiding Principles of Free Expression 16:00 16:45
15-minute break 16:45 17:00
Special Guest Panel and Dinner 17:00


Special guests to be announced soon.



Day 2: Friday, May 26, 2023

Activity: Start: End:
Participant registration 9:30 10:00
Welcome Presentation and Ice Breaker Activity 10:00 10:30
Workshop #1: International Human Rights and Free Expression in Paraguay 10:30 11:15
15-minute break 11:15


Workshop #2: Activism and Advocacy in Paraguay and Latin America 11:30


15-minute break 12:15


Lunch 12:30


Workshop #3: Artistic Freedom and The Cultural Preservation of Indigenous Communities 13:30


15-minute break 14:15


Advocacy Campaign Simulation Activity and Summit Conclusion 14:30


*Subject to change*





Jakob Usandivaras (Lead Student Organizer)

Adriana Cid

Ines Garcia de Viedma

Gabriel Gonzales

Rebecca Sterner


PEN America STAFF:


headshot of Nicholas Perez

Nicholas “Niko” Pérez
Program Manager, Freedom of Expression and Education


photo of Peris Tushabe

Peris Tushabe
Program Assistant, Freedom of Expression and Education





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The American School of Asunción, a bilingual learning community of Paraguayan and international families, offers an early childhood through college-preparatory program. ASA adheres to the highest standards of educational excellence from the United States and Paraguay while fostering a student-centered and caring environment.