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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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Sattar Beheshti & Free Speech in Iran

  • Killian Hall, MIT Hayden Library, Rm 14W-111 160 Memorial Dr Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti was tortured and killed in 2012 at the hands of Iran’s cyber police. His murder drew international outrage and became a rallying point for the Iranian dissident community and free speech advocates around the world.

On April 30th, we will present the 2015 Vasyl Stus Freedom to Write Award, paying tribute to Beheshti and other Iranian writers and dissidents who exhibit monumental courage in the face censorship, oppression, and death.