suzanne-nosselDare to Speak

Author Suzanne Nossel '91 will discuss her timely new book, Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All
Moderated by Trey Grayson, past director of Harvard's Institute of Politics

Dec 9, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time


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The Harvard Club of Central Ohio, the Harvard Club of Cincinnati, and the Harvard Club of Northeast Ohio, are pleased to announce a special virtual event: an evening with Suzanne Nossel '91 (J.D. 1996), CEO of PEN America.

Nossel will discuss her new book Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All, which has become extremely timely as we grapple with a resurgent reckoning over racism. The book, which draws heavily on Nossel's work at PEN America, deals in depth with call outs, cancel culture, cultural appropriation, online content moderation, how to address hateful speech, and why we need to do more to amplify lesser heard voices. Nossel sets out principles for how we can live together in our diverse, digitized and divided society without resorting to either formal or informal curbs on free speech. She argues that the drive to realize a more equal, inclusive and just society can — and must — be reconciled with robust protections for free speech.

The event will be moderated by Trey Grayson, also a Harvard alum and former director of Harvard's Institute of Politics (IOP). Grayson served two terms as Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He's currently a member at Frost Brown Todd and a principal at CivicPoint.

Buy Dare to Speak now from your favorite independent bookstore or through online retailers such as Amazon!


More on Suzanne Nossel:

Suzanne Nossel is Chief Executive Officer at PEN America.

Prior to joining PEN America, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. She has served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, leading US engagement in the UN and multilateral institutions on human right issues, and in the Clinton Administration as Deputy to the US Ambassador for UN Management and Reform. Nossel coined the term “Smart Power,” which was the title of a 2004 article she published in Foreign Affairs Magazine and later became the theme of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure in office.

She is a featured columnist for Foreign Policy magazine and has published op-eds in The New York Times, Washington Post, and LA Times, as well as scholarly articles in Foreign Affairs, Dissent, and Democracy, among others. Nossel serves on the Board of Directors of the Tides Foundation. She is a former senior fellow at the Century Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nossel is a magna cum laude graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School.