2016 Festival Videos


Freedom to Write, Perchance to Dream
Credit: FORA.TV
Colm Tóibín in conversation with UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks, introduced by Cherilyn Parsons, festival founder and director
In 2014, Colm Tóibín, author of "Nora Webster," "The Master," "Brooklyn," and many other books, delivered the Arthur Miller “Freedom to Write” address that caps each year’s PEN World Voices Festival. Chancellor Dirks leads a university that launched the Free Speech movement and is ranked the top public university in the world. In this conversation, they explore why intellectual and creative liberty matters so much and where we need to agitate today.