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Dismantling Antisemitism: Dare to Speak with author Suzanne Nossel

19 September 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dismantling Antisemitism – A Series of Education, Advocacy and Action
Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speach for All

In Dare To Speak, Suzanne Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, free-wheeling and at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips readers with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digitized, and highly-divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression. In Dare to Speak, Nossel advises readers to: use language conscientiously without self-censoring ideas; defend the right to express unpopular views; and protest without silencing speech. This is a discussion about free speech, not a position.


Suzanne Nossel is Chief Executive Officer at PEN America, an organization that stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the U.S. and worldwide. Prior to joining PEN America, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. She served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, leading US engagement in the UN and multilateral institutions on human right issues, and in the Clinton Administration as Deputy to the US Ambassador for UN Management and Reform. Nossel coined the term “Smart Power,” which was the title of a 2004 article she published in Foreign Affairs Magazine and later became the theme of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure in office. She is a featured columnist for several newspapers and magazines. Nossel is a magna cum laude graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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