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Virtual Event – Suzanne Nossel

August 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Don’t miss an evening exploring the ongoing defense of the first amendment with PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel. Her new book, Dare to Speak is “a must read.”—Margaret Atwood

Suzanne will be in conversation with Dr. John Schumann, President of OU-Tulsa and Tulsa Literary Coalition board member.

This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform. 

To register in advance for the event click here: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P8KC57e9RKupyDvhLLsYlA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event on Monday, August 10 at 7:00 CDT.

Dare to Speak is available starting July 28, you can purchase at Magic City Books or here: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/dare-to-speak/168

About Dare to Speak

A vital, necessary playbook for navigating and defending free speech today by the CEO of PEN America, Dare To Speak provides a pathway for promoting free expression while also cultivating a more inclusive public culture.

Online trolls and fascist chat groups. Controversies over campus lectures. Cancel culture versus censorship. The daily hazards and debates surrounding free speech dominate headlines and fuel social media storms. In an era where one tweet can launch–or end–your career, and where free speech is often invoked as a principle but rarely understood, learning to maneuver the fast-changing, treacherous landscape of public discourse has never been more urgent.

In Dare To Speak, Suzanne Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, free-wheeling but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips readers with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digitized, and highly-divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression.

At a time when free speech is often pitted against other progressive axioms–namely diversity and equality–Dare To Speak presents a clear-eyed argument that the drive to create a more inclusive society need not, and must not, compromise robust protections for free speech. Nossel provides concrete guidance on how to reconcile these two sets of core values within universities, on social media, and in daily life. She advises readers how to:

  • Use language conscientiously without self-censoring ideas;
  • Defend the right to express unpopular views;
  • And protest without silencing speech.

Nossel warns against the increasingly fashionable embrace of expanded government and corporate controls over speech, warning that such strictures can reinforce the marginalization of lesser-heard voices. She argues that creating an open market of ideas demands aggressive steps to remedy exclusion and ensure equal participation.

Replete with insightful arguments, colorful examples, and salient advice, Dare To Speak brings much-needed clarity and guidance to this pressing–and often misunderstood–debate.

Don’t miss this timely and important exploration.


August 10, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Magic City Books
221 E. Archer St.
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States