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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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Our Fall 2023 Online Institutes for Students

Free Expression Advocacy Institute - Fall 2023 - Online

Free Expression Advocacy Institute - Fall 2023 - Online

Freedom to Read Advocacy Institute - Fall 2023 - Online

Freedom to Read Advocacy Institute - Fall 2023 - Online

Our Fall 2023 Freedom to Read Tour

Freedom to Read Community Summit - Tulsa

Freedom to Read Community Summit - Tulsa

September 9, 2023 - Students and community members register now!
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Freedom to Read Student Summit - Pasadena City College

Freedom to Read Student Summit - Pasadena City College

September 27, 2023 - High school and college students register now!
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Freedom to Read Advocacy Workshop - San Diego

Freedom to Read Advocacy Workshop - San Diego

September 28, 2023 - High school and college students and educators register now!
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Freedom to Read Student Summit - San Francisco

Freedom to Read Student Summit - San Francisco

September 30, 2023 - High school students register now!
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More Opportunities

Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program – Fall 2023

Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program – Fall 2023

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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Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program - Summer 2023

Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program - Summer 2023

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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Join our LinkedIn Group

Join our LinkedIn Group

Networking is key in the professional field of free expression advocacy. Former fellows, interns, and students of PEN America are invited to join our LinkedIn group to stay in touch.
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Events

Freedom to Read Community Summit – Tulsa

SatSeptember 92023
Free Event
PEN America, Black History Saturdays, and the National Geographic Society’s 2892 Miles To Go program are excited to announce our first Freedom to Read Community Summit in Tulsa for all ages this September leading up to Banned Books Week 2023! In this convening, community members will be welcome to engage with each other and leaders […]

Freedom to Read Advocacy Workshop – San Diego

ThuSeptember 282023
Free Event In Person
PEN America, UC San Diego CREATE (Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence), and #USvsHate are excited to announce our first Freedom to Read Advocacy Workshop for students and educators this September leading up to Banned Books Week 2023! In this convening, students and educators from the San Diego area will be […]

Freedom to Read Student Workshop – Iowa City

ThuJune 222023
Free Event Online Virtual
PEN America and Iowa City Public Library are excited to announce our first Freedom to Read Student Workshop for high school students this June! In this special evening program, students from the Iowa City area will be welcome to engage with staff from PEN America’s Free Expression and Education team in a discussion on the […]
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Past Guest Speakers

Kirill Artemenko

CEO, Paperpaper
Nora Benavidez headshot

Nora Benavidez

Senior Counsel and Director of Digital Justice and Civil Rights, Free Press

Amanda Bennett

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Journalist

Neijma Celestine-Donnor

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work

Troy Closson

Metro Reporter, The New York Times

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
Mai Khoi headshot

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

Browse the Spring 2023 Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program Anthology