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LIVE from the NYPL: THE LIMITS OF TOLERANCE? Multiculturalism Now PEN WORLD VOICES: The New York Festival of International Literature

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April 28, 2006

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum

Necla Kelek, Dubravka Ugresic, Richard Rodriguez, Pascal Bruckner, and Kwame Anthony Appiah, moderator

In distinctive American and European variants, Multiculturalism is embattled from left and right as never before, even as both continents absorb unprecedented numbers of immigrants. Can the Enlightenment ideal of tolerance survive a resurgence of religious extremism A diverse group of American and European observers look at Multiculturalism today.

This event is co-sponsored by PEN American Center in association with PEN World Voices, The New York Festival of International Literature.

Additional co-sponsors are signandsight.com and the German Federal Cultural Foundation 

About Necla Kelek

Necla Kelek was born in Istanbul in 1957 and moved to Germany at the age of 10. Her books include Fremde Braut (The Foreign Bride) about arranged and forced marriages of Turkish migrants, and Die verlorenen S?hne (Lost Sons) about the socialization, violence, and the faith of Turkish-Muslim men.

About Dubravka Ugresic

Dubravka Ugresic was born in 1949 and is the author of several novels, short story collections, and essays. Her books The Ministry of Pain, Lend Me Your Character, Thank You For Not Reading, The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, The Culture of Lies, Have a Nice Day, In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories, and Fording the Stream of Consciousness have been translated in many European languages and received several international literary awards. Ugresic is currently based in Amsterdam.

About Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez was born in San Francisco in 1944. He is the author of Hunger of Memory and Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father. He is also a contributing editor for Harper's and a commentator on NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.

About Pascal Bruckner

Pascal Bruckner was born on December 15, 1948 in Paris, France. In 1994, his novel Bitter Moon was made into a film by Roman Polanski. His other works include The Temptation of Innocence: Living in the Age of Entitlement, Parias, and The Tears of the White Man: Compassion as Contempt .

About Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in London in 1954 and moved to Ghana as an infant. His books include In My Father's House, Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race, and The Dictionary of Global Culture (co-edited with Henry Louis Gates Jr.). He has taught at Cambridge, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton.