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PEN America is committed to empowering a new generation of free expression advocates and building a youth advocacy network that can work together to facilitate positive change. We regularly invite students to support and engage in our national and international advocacy efforts, and actively seek ways to amplify and encourage students’ own free expression advocacy projects.
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Advocacy Institutes

Free Expression Advocacy Institute - Fall 2022 - Online

Free Expression Advocacy Institute - Fall 2022 - Online

PEN America’s Fall 2022 Free Expression Advocacy Institute in NYC is an online program where students can learn about free expression advocacy.
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Free Expression Advocacy Institute NYC - Summer 2022

Free Expression Advocacy Institute NYC - Summer 2022

PEN America’s Summer 2022 Free Expression Advocacy Institute in NYC is an in-person program where students can learn about free expression advocacy.
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Free Expression Advocacy Institute DC - Summer 2022

Free Expression Advocacy Institute DC - Summer 2022

PEN America’s Summer 2022 Free Expression Advocacy Institute in DC is an in-person program where students can learn about free expression advocacy.
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Global Press Freedom Advocacy Institute

Global Press Freedom Advocacy Institute

PEN America’s summer 2021 Free Speech Advocacy Institute is a two-week online educational and training program where students can learn about free expression advocacy.
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More Opportunities

PEN America Free Expression Essay Competition

PEN America Free Expression Essay Competition

PEN America is inviting submissions for a new national student essay competition about the role of free expression in today’s world.
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Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program

Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program

PEN America is offering a 14-week professional Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program for undergraduate and graduate students passionate about human rights, the written word, and free expression in the United States and worldwide.
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PEN America Student Alumni LinkedIn Group

PEN America Student Alumni LinkedIn Group

This LinkedIn group is for former fellows, interns, and students of PEN America to stay in touch.
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Events

[VIRTUAL] Free Speech Live!: Amplifying Youth Voices in the Political Process

WedApril 212021
Webinar
How are the Young Invincibles providing young people with the knowledge and skills to better use their voices? Learn more in this Free Speech Live! forum.

[VIRTUAL] The Common Room: Free Expression Statements and Policies: Why and How

FriApril 302021
Digital Event
Clear and robust policies about free expression on campus can nourish a healthy civic climate. What goes into drafting the most effective guidelines for free expression on campus?

[VIRTUAL] The Common Room: Free Speech Education: What Do Young People Need to Know?

FriApril 162021
Digital Event
What are the best ways to talk to students about free speech? And when should we start having these conversations? Join us for an interactive forum to discuss these issues.
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Past Special Guests

Kirill Artemenko

CEO, Paperpaper
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Nora Benavidez

Director, U.S. Free Expression Programs New York, NY

Amanda Bennett

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Journalist

Neijma Celestine-Donnor

Director, Hate-Bias and Advocacy, University of Maryland, College Park

Troy Closson

Metro Reporter, The New York Times

Hillary Davis

Advocacy and Organizing Director, Student Press Law Center

Alex Gino

Author and Activist

Hadar Harris

Executive Director, Student Press Law Center

Dr. Faizullah Jan

Journalist, Dawn Newspaper

David Kaye

Clinical Professor of Law, UC Irvine

Amna Khalid

Associate Professor in the Department of History, Carleton College
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Mai Khoi

Artist and Activist

Julia Rose Kraut

Author

Susan Kuklin

Author and Photographer

Frank LoMonte

Director, Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
Writers at Risk Database

Wa Lone

Journalist, Reuters

Paul Muldoon

Poet

Fallon McClure

Georgia State Director, Spread the Vote
Ahmed Naji

Ahmed Naji

Author

Rikki Nathanson

Senior Advisor, Global Trans Program, OutRight Action International

Solomon Collins Nkulinga

Program Assistant, Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
Achiro Patricia Olwoch

Achiro Patricia Olwoch

Writer, playwright, and filmmaker

Gregory Pardlo

Author and Poet

Daniel Alejandro Pinilla

Journalist, Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia

Rachel Sanchez-Keneally

Government Liaison and Program Coordinator, IOM

Emerson Sykes

Staff Attorney, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Bakary Tandia

Co-Founder, The Abolition Institute

Mary Beth Tinker

Vladimir Tlali

Director, New York State LGBT Human and Health Services Network

Laurence H. Tribe

Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

Bukeni Waruzi

Executive Director, Free the Slaves

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