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Hilary Clinton. Image from True Pundit.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be in conversation with Hillary Clinton at the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival, where Clinton will be delivering the 12th Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture on April 22. Their dialogue—“about the future of women and girls around the world”—will take place after the Lecture, which Adichie herself delivered in 2015.

Themed “Resist and Reimagine,” the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival will feature “more than 165 writers of over 50 nationalities” from April 16–22. Clinton’s Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture will be given at the Great Hall at Cooper Union in Manhattan.

Here is the announcement on PEN’s Website:

At a time of unprecedented threats to free speech, open discourse,​ and the rights of historically marginalized groups​, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton will draw on her time as the nation’s top diplomat and her ​career in politics​ to underline the centrality of free speech — broadly defined and vociferously defended — in sustaining healthy democracies and vibrant societies. Secretary Clinton has shown a life-long commitment to amplifying lesser-heard voices and buttressing safeguards for free expression.

Following the lecture, celebrated Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah, and We Should All Be Feminists, among others), a champion of unheard stories, and a feminist, will engage Clinton in conversation. This dialogue between two strong advocates for women and girls—one from politics and diplomacy, the other from world literature—promises unique insights into how we might imagine a better future for women and girls around the world.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Image from Vogue.

Named after the late American playwright and essayist Arthur Miller, longtime leader of PEN and powerful advocate for free expression, the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture has become “a hallmark of the World Voices Festival.”

Before Adichie in 2015, Wole Soyinka had been invited to deliver the sixth Lecture in 2011. Other Lecturers have included novelists Orhan Pamuk and Salman Rushdie, and the feminist Roxane Gay last year. After her own Lecture, Adichie had been in conversation with PEN American Center president Andrew Solomon.

Tickets to the event are available HERE.

Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2015 Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture HERE.

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Otosirieze Nnaemekaram is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

4 Responses to “EVENT | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Hillary Clinton for Conversation at 2018 PEN World Voices Festival” Subscribe

  1. petr dann 2018/02/27 at 15:58 #

    Hillary Clinton should be having not so pleasant conversations in The Hague, answering for her international lawlessness and wanton destruction…..

  2. moo 2018/02/28 at 03:58 #

    @petrdann very awkward.wondering how a feminist agenda fits into also endorsing state violence of various kinds…i mean i dont know how you can be pro girls and women (which i know isnt neccesarily same thing as fem.) but the policy you endorse in the way that you endorse it has quite disastarous consequences for some of the most ‘vulnerable’ be genuinely interested to hear how she sees those two things as fitting together… but then again beleiving in individual empowerment isnt the same as beleiving in systemic change.and unfortunately what a lot dont realise is even some womn will have to also give up power and like hilary answer for our abuse of power for real change. interested to hear how chimamamanda holds that tension on her end as a femimist-shes pretty honest and I wouldnt be surprised if it came up in some way.Especially with regards to the relationship with GSouth and Gnorth and feminism.Hilary Clinton i.m.o actually really represents male status quo and i dont think she minds imperialism.Respect that shes an accomplished wmn but i dont know how i feel about HER being the forerunner of such conversations.But yes again, i think Chimamanda knows how to critically and respectfully knows how to put people in their place.Shes not going there to lap it up.

  3. petr dann 2018/02/28 at 07:14 #

    I’d have a hard time sitting across from or engaging with one who’s actions resulted in so much carnage and suffering from Libya to Hait to Honduras and who threatened the obliteration of Iran. Women and children lived in all these places…..but that’s just me.

  4. moo 2018/02/28 at 11:43 #

    @peterdann also true.but if nobody or rather people with a lot of credibility never speak publicly to people like clinton then their contradictions are never exposed.not to say thats what its about but a conversation can be enlightening and telling.i dont think you can hold your centre if ur speaking to someone who speaks truthfully.its not justice but i think its important.thats the wonder of artists and public intellectualls…its in a way a more equal and honest conversation because theyre speaking on terms that arent (generally) about vying for political office or ratings.dunno.just interested to see the dynamics.really huge fan of adichie even though i have some questions about some things lol but i think because she never really takes moral high ground which is where i feel a lot of western left politics go wrong..e.g “im better than yiu because i have never done or thought xy” as opposed to “irrespective of how better or worse i am or how better or worse you are lets just agree that this is wrong”.like she just comes with truths and facts irrespective of how they make her or people she otherwise respects looks
    .or in this case questions…lets see:)

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