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“Literature is the best thing humanity has. Poetry is the heart of literature, the highest concentration of everything that is the best in the world and in man. It is the only true food for your soul.”  
Lyudmila Ulitskaya



We are a chapter of PEN American Center, part of a global association of writers celebrating literature and defending free expression. We make our home at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.

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Something to Hide: Writers & Artists Against the Surveillance State

  • Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, MIT Room 32-123 32 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

Government and corporate surveillance should worry everyone. Pervasive monitoring has a chilling effect on free thought, leading to self-censorship, inhibiting intellectual inquiry, and altering our political discourse. 

We are partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts to present “Something to Hide,” a program to counter the fallacy that “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”

Writers, artists, and special guests will read on the themes of privacy and censorship, and illuminate the ways that mass surveillance threatens artistic and intellectual freedoms. With special guests Suzanne Nossel and Carol Rose. Featuring Helene Atwan, Chris Cooper, Andre Dubus III, Jennifer Haigh, Richard Hoffman, Helen Elaine Lee, Marianne Leone, Lois Lowry, Claire Messud, ZZ Packer, Tom Perrotta, Michael Rezendes, and more... 

Earlier Event: June 11
The Legacy of James Baldwin