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Personal Evolution, Social Revolution: A Program for High School Students


April 30 | Instituto Cervantes | NYC

Edwidge Danticat, Dany Laferrière, Laila Lalami, and Colum McCann; moderated by Benjamin Anastas

Emerson said “every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind.” For some writers, every thought committed to the page is an act of revolution. A panel of acclaimed authors considers how literature has liberated them and brought them into courageous dialogues with their own communities.

Co-sponsored by Instituto Cervantes, the Consulate General of Spain

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• Entire event

• Edwidge Danticat reads from Brother, I’m Dying 
• Dany Laferrière discusses his novel The Aroma of Coffee 
• Laila Lalami discusses Moroccan children’s literature
• Colum McCann discusses the value of “ordinary story” 
• Discussion and Q&A 

PEN Blogs

 Lynn Miller-Lachmann:
Three groups of high school students arrived to see Edwidge Danticat, Dany Laferriere, Laila Lalami, and Colum McCann read from their work and talk about the theme of “Personal Evolution/Social Revolution.” [More]

 Robert Flynn:
I returned to the Instituto Cervantes for another high school program and two teachers, Barbara Walsh and Juanita T. Minott, were already there and so were some of their students. They were from from Marie Curie High School in the Bronx. [More]


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