Poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith read from the work of Whitman, and materials from the Library's Whitman collection were on display.
Mark Doty is a poet and memoirist, and the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Sally Keith is the author of three collections of poetry: The Fact of the Matter, Dwelling Song, winner of the University of Georgia's Contemporary Poetry Series competition in 2004, and Design, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, A Public Space, Gulf Coast, New England Review, and elsewhere. Keith teaches at George Mason University.
PEN PRESENTS: "Who's Afraid of Free Speech?" Powered by Google in conjunction with The Atlantic brought together David Simon (HBO's The Wire), E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime), Masha Gessen (The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin), Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran), and moderator James Fallows of The Atlantic to the forefront of the massive surveillance debate playing out on Capitol Hill and in the headlines.
The panelists reflect on the relationship between privacy, identity, self-expression, and censorship to address challenges to free expression in the digital age, including the impact of surveillance on creative freedom, the disintegration of geographic boundaries and cultural context online, and the powers exerted by corporations as the new de facto content adjudicators.