Wednesday, October 7, 2009

NYC Event: "Reckoning with Torture"

The ACLU, PEN American Center and the Cooper Union will be putting on an important event next Tuesday, October 13, at 7:00pm at The Great Hall, Cooper Union (7 East 7th Street @ Third Avenue, NYC) -- Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from the "War on Terror"

The event features artists, writers, and other anti-torture activists reading from recently released secret documents -- torture memos, declassified communications, and testimonies from prisoners -- in an effort to promote awareness of acts of torture and abuse carried out by the U.S. government since 9/11.

Featured authors and artists include: Don DeLillo, Paul Auster, Jonathan Ames, Eve Ensler, Nell Freudenberger, Art Speigelman, Ishmael Beah, and Susanna Moore, among others.

The event also features Constitutional law scholar, David Cole (who recently wrote the introduction to a published edition of the Bush Administration Torture Memos); former senior military interrogator, Matthew Alexander; former CIA special agent Jack Rice; and former ACLU attorney, Amrit Singh.

Anthony Appiah, President of PEN American Center, and Jameel Jaffner, Director of the ACLU's National Security Project, will give opening and closing remarks.

It looks like it will a fascinating and revealing night. I encourage all to attend. Only $15.00 at the door, $10.00 for students and ACLU/PEN members.

Tuesday, October 13, at 7:00pm at The Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC

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