Category Archives: Cultural Freedom

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 special 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 special 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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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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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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Arundhati Roy with Anthony Arnove, Talk, 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 was introduced by Anthony Arnove, then talked about her work. You will find the companion conversation online shortly.

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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Terry Tempest Williams with Colum McCann, Conversation, 8 March 2017 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 8, 2017.

Terry Tempest Williams is an award-winning author, environmentalist, and activist who writes about the intersection of environmental and social justice. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she is known for her impassioned and lyrical prose. She is the author of the environmental literature classics, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

Her newest book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, released this year to coincide with the centennial of the National Park Service.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Terry Tempest Williams joined Colum McCann in conversation. You can find the companion talk here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Terry Tempest Williams with Colum McCann, Talk, 8 March 2017 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 8, 2017.

Terry Tempest Williams is an award-winning author, environmentalist, and activist who writes about the intersection of environmental and social justice. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she is known for her impassioned and lyrical prose. She is the author of the environmental literature classics, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

Her newest book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, released this year to coincide with the centennial of the National Park Service.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Terry Tempest Williams was introduced by Colum McCann, then talked about her work. You can find the companion conversation here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website. Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Terry Tempest Williams with Colum McCann, 8 March 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 8, 2017.

Terry Tempest Williams with Colum McCann

Terry Tempest Williams is an award-winning author, environmentalist, and activist who writes about the intersection of environmental and social justice. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she is known for her impassioned and lyrical prose. She is the author of the environmental literature classics, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

Her newest book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, released this year to coincide with the centennial of the National Park Service.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, Terry Tempest Williams talked about her work, then joined in conversation with Colum McCann.

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

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Andrew Bacevich with Marilyn B. Young, Conversation, 7 December 2016 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on December 7, 2016.

Andrew Bacevich is a retired professor of history and international relations at Boston University. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy and received his PhD in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for 23 years.

His writings have been published in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Nation, The New York Times and other publications. He is the author of numerous books, among them The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism; The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, which received the inaugural Lannan Literary Award for An Especially Notable Book in 2005; Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, for which he received the 2014 American Book Award and the recently released America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, he is joined in conversation Marilyn B. Young. The companion Talk episode may be 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.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

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Andrew Bacevich with Marilyn B. Young, Talk, 7 December 2016 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on December 7, 2016.

Andrew Bacevich is a retired professor of history and international relations at Boston University. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy and received his PhD in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for 23 years.

His writings have been published in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Nation, The New York Times and other publications. He is the author of numerous books, among them The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism; The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War, which received the inaugural Lannan Literary Award for An Especially Notable Book in 2005; Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, for which he received the 2014 American Book Award and the recently released America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.

This was an In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom event.

In this episode, he is introduced by Marilyn B. Young and then gave a talk. The companion Conversation episode may be 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.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

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