Author Archives: Lannan Foundation

Óscar Martínez with Alfredo Corchado, 1 November 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 1, 2017.

Óscar Martínez with Alfredo Corchado, 1 November 2017

Óscar Martínez is an award-winning Salvadoran investigative journalist and co-founder of elfaro.net, the first online newspaper in Latin America providing in-depth coverage of migration, violence and organized crime in Central America. Martínez has received numerous awards for his journalism. In 2008, he won Mexico’s Fernando Benítez National Journalism Award; in 2009, he was awarded the Human Rights Prize at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador; in 2016 The Committee to Protect Journalists awarded him an International Press Freedom Award. In 2016 he was also awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, which honors journalists for their outstanding coverage of the Americas.

He is the author of The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail (for which he was awarded the WOLA-Duke Book Award in 2014) and the recent A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America. A new book, El Niño de Hollywood (forthcoming in 2018), is about a member of the international criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) who was assassinated in El Salvador for cooperating with law enforcement.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

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In this episode, Óscar Martínez talked about his work, then joined Alfredo Corchado in conversation.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch to the video recordings of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Nick Estes, 11 October 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 11, 2017.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Nick Estes, 11 October 2017

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades, working with Indigenous communities on sovereignty and land rights and helping to build the international Indigenous movement. She is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay.

She is the author of numerous books and articles on indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, The Great Sioux Nation, and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, which received the 2015 American Book Award. A new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment is forthcoming in January.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz talked about her work, then joined Nick Estes in conversation. You can also find the videos of the talk and conversation here.

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Glenn Greenwald with Tom Engelhardt, Talk, 27 September 2017 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 27, 2017.

Glenn Greenwald is an investigative journalist and author. A former constitutional lawyer, he founded the online global media outlet The Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill in 2014. He is the author of several best sellers, among them, How Would a Patriot Act?; With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful and the recent No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State.

Greenwald has received numerous awards for his investigative journalism. In 2009 he was awarded the Izzy Award by the Park Center for Independent Media for his “path breaking journalistic courage and persistence in confronting conventional wisdom, official deception, and controversial issues.” In 2010 he received an Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the arrest and detention of Chelsea Manning. In 2013 he led The Guardian’s reporting team that covered Edward Snowden and the NSA, which earned the newspaper the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013.

Greenwald is the recipient of a Lannan Cultural Freedom Award.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Glenn Greenwald, introduced by Tom Engelhardt, talked about his work. You can find the companion conversation here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Glenn Greenwald with Tom Engelhardt, Conversation, 27 September 2017 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 27, 2017.

Glenn Greenwald is an investigative journalist and author. A former constitutional lawyer, he founded the online global media outlet The Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill in 2014. He is the author of several best sellers, among them, How Would a Patriot Act?; With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful and the recent No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State.

Greenwald has received numerous awards for his investigative journalism. In 2009 he was awarded the Izzy Award by the Park Center for Independent Media for his “path breaking journalistic courage and persistence in confronting conventional wisdom, official deception, and controversial issues.” In 2010 he received an Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the arrest and detention of Chelsea Manning. In 2013 he led The Guardian’s reporting team that covered Edward Snowden and the NSA, which earned the newspaper the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013.

Greenwald is the recipient of a Lannan Cultural Freedom Award.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Glenn Greenwald was introduced by Tom Engelhardt, then talked about his work. You can find the companion talk here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Glenn Greenwald with Tom Engelhardt, 27 September 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 27, 2017.

Glenn Greenwald with Tom Engelhardt, 27 September 2017

Photo credit: Don Usner

Glenn Greenwald is an investigative journalist and author. A former constitutional lawyer, he founded the online global media outlet The Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill in 2014. He is the author of several best sellers, among them, How Would a Patriot Act?; With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful and the recent No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State.

Greenwald has received numerous awards for his investigative journalism. In 2009 he was awarded the Izzy Award by the Park Center for Independent Media for his “path breaking journalistic courage and persistence in confronting conventional wisdom, official deception, and controversial issues.” In 2010 he received an Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the arrest and detention of Chelsea Manning. In 2013 he led The Guardian’s reporting team that covered Edward Snowden and the NSA, which earned the newspaper the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013.

Greenwald is the recipient of a Lannan Cultural Freedom Award.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Glenn Greenwald talked about his work then joined Tom Engelhardt in conversation. You can also find the videos of the talk and conversation here.

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Shawn Wallace with Sarah Knopp, 13 August 2017 – Video

Recorded at the Lannan Garden Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 13, 2017.

Wallace Shawn, playwright, actor, screenwriter, and essayist has said, “I don’t know about you, but I only have one life, and I don’t want to spend it in a sewer of injustice.” Best known for his roles in My Dinner with André and as Vizzini in The Princess Bride, Shawn also has had an illustrious career in theater, both as an actor and writer. His plays include Grasses of a Thousand Colors, The Fever, and The Designated Mourner, described by The Times (London) as “…highly unconventional, much concerned with matters of politics, culture and human significance.”

Shawn has written on subjects such as war, money, sex, and aesthetics. His newest book-length essay, Night Thoughts (Haymarket Books 2017) is an examination of how justice-minded people might use the tools of civilization against its excesses. In his 2006 book, Essays, he says, “somehow poetry and the search for a more just order on earth are not contradictory, and rational thought and dreams are not contradictory, and there may be something necessary as well as ridiculous in the odd activities of racing back and forth on the bridge between reality and the world of dreams.”

This was a private In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Wallace Shawn read from his works and joined Sarah Knopp in conversation.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Shawn Wallace with Sarah Knopp, 13 August 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Garden Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 13, 2017.

Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn, playwright, actor, screenwriter, and essayist has said, “I don’t know about you, but I only have one life, and I don’t want to spend it in a sewer of injustice.” Best known for his roles in My Dinner with André and as Vizzini in The Princess Bride, Shawn also has had an illustrious career in theater, both as an actor and writer. His plays include Grasses of a Thousand Colors, The Fever, and The Designated Mourner, described by The Times (London) as “…highly unconventional, much concerned with matters of politics, culture and human significance.”

Shawn has written on subjects such as war, money, sex, and aesthetics. His newest book-length essay, Night Thoughts (Haymarket Books 2017) is an examination of how justice-minded people might use the tools of civilization against its excesses.  In his 2006 book, Essays, he says, “somehow poetry and the search for a more just order on earth are not contradictory, and rational thought and dreams are not contradictory, and there may be something necessary as well as ridiculous in the odd activities of racing back and forth on the bridge between reality and the world of dreams.”

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This was a private In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Wallace Shawn read from his works and joined Sarah Knopp in conversation.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also watch the video recording of this event there.

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Arundhati Roy with Anthony Arnove, 3 May 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 3, 2017.

Arundhati Roy is an Indian author, actor, and political activist. She is well-known for her book The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize, and for her outspoken advocacy of environmental and human rights causes, which has often placed her at odds with Indian legal authorities and her country’s middle-class establishment.

She is the author of An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire; Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers; Capitalism: A Ghost Story; The End of Imagination (new edition);Things That Can and Cannot Be Said (with John Cusack); and The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste, the Debate Between B.R. Ambedkar and M.K. Gandhi.  A new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, is forthcoming in June 2017.

Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

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Arundhati Roy with Anthony Arnove, Conversation, 3 May 2017 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 3, 2017.

Arundhati Roy is an Indian author, actor, and political activist. She is well-known for her book The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize, and for her outspoken advocacy of environmental and human rights causes, which has often placed her at odds with Indian legal authorities and her country’s middle-class establishment.

She is the author of An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire; Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers; Capitalism: A Ghost Story; The End of Imagination (new edition);Things That Can and Cannot Be Said (with John Cusack); and The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste, the Debate Between B.R. Ambedkar and M.K. Gandhi.  A new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, is forthcoming in June 2017.

Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Arundhati Roy joined Anthony Arnove in conversation. The companion talk is found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there (to be posted soon). Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Marlon James with Russell Banks, Conversation, 10 May 2017 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 10, 2017.

Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings was the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, making him the first Jamaican writer to receive the UK’s most prestigious literary award. The book presents an untold history of Jamaica in the 1970s, relayed through multiple narrators, with the climax centering on an attempted assassination of reggae legend Bob Marley. Describing the book for the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani wrote, “It’s like a Tarantino remake of ‘The Harder They Come’ but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja.” James’s other novels include John Crow’s Devil, the story of a biblical struggle in a remote village in Jamaica in the 1950s, and The Book of Night Women, about a slave revolt on a Jamaican plantation in the early nineteenth century. James’s poignant essay on his experience of coming out, “From Jamaica to Minnesota to Myself,” appeared in the New York Times Magazine in March 2015. James lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and teaches English and creative writing at Macalester College.

This was a Readings and Conversations event.

In this episode, Marlon James joined Russell Banks in conversation. You can find the companion reading here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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