LSE’s Literary Festival

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We hope you enjoyed the inspiring debate with Authors: Marina Nemat, Gabriella Ambrosio and Novel Rights Founder Vered Cohen-Barzilay.

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The Power of Literature and Human Rights

LSE Literary Festival Event, in partnership with Novel Rights

  • Date and time: Saturday 2 March 2013, 11am-12.30pm                                                  lse logo 2
  • Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
  • Speakers: Gabriella Ambrosio; Vered Cohen-Barzilay; Marina Nemat

Literature has a unique capacity to touch the hearts and minds and engage readers in a way that is distinctly different from political or academic texts. Can it play a role in exposing human rights violations? Should literature be ‘engaged’, and should authors take political or social stands?

Gabriella Ambrosio’s novel Prima di lasciarsi (Before We Say Goodbye) was inspired by the true story of a suicide bombing committed by a seventeen year-old Palestinian girl. It has been widely used by schools, colleges and human rights organisations as an educational tool.
Vered Cohen–Barzilay is the founder of Novel Rights, a social enterprise which recognises the power of art, especially literature, to drive change and motivate people to take action. Novel Rights are dedicated to encouraging the literary community to share in human rights literature, expand their understanding and knowledge on human rights topics and violations, inviting them to take action.

Marina Nemat is author of a memoir about growing up in Iran, serving time in Evin Prison for speaking out against the Iranian government, escaping a death sentence and finally fleeing for a new life in Canada. Marina Nemat was awarded the first Human Dignity Prize in December 2007 by the European Parliament and the Cultural Association Europa.