Face to Face: Confronting the Torturers

Document Date: April 27, 2010

The ACLU, PEN American Center, and Joe’s Pub present an evening of readings from documentary and imaginative literature from around the world, in which people have stood face-to-face with their torturers.

As the evidence around the globe mounts that the United States tortured hundreds of captives in the “War on Terror,” people of conscience everywhere are watching to see if those who ordered and carried out the abuse will be held accountable. Many of those watching are in countries that have successfully confronted their own legacies of torture and human rights abuses.

FEATURING: Lawrence Weschler, author of A Miracle, a Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers, and international writers and artists Alina Bronsky, Rodrigo Fresán, Mohsin Hamid, Aleksandar Hemon, Randa Jarrar, Irakli Kakabadze, Elias Khoury, valter hugo mãe, Sofi Oksanen, and Peter Schneider

WITH REMARKS FROM: Jameel Jaffer, ACLU, and Larry Siems, PEN American Center

WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 9:30 – 10:45 p.m.
WHERE: Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York City
TICKETS: $15/$10 for ACLU/PEN members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available through or (212) 967-7555, or at the door.


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