The 2017 PEN Lecture Series
January 10, Moisés Zamora, border novelist now writing for American Crime
January 17, Jesús Ibarra, History of Protest in Mexican Cinema
January 24, Victoria Roberts, From New Yorker cartoons to San Miguel Microtheater
January 31, David Lida, introducing his new novel, an expose of a dark corner of the U.S. justice system.
February 21, Jorge Ramos, Star Anchor for Univision, Spanish language TV network
February 28, Celebration of 25 years of International PEN’s Women’s Writers Committee, Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, a WWC founder and Lucina Kathmann, early member and long time editor of the WWC newsletter, and if our luck holds, special guest, International PEN’s first woman president, Jennifer Clement.
All programs as usual in Bellas Artes Miguel Malo Auditorium
Tuesdays at 6 PM, 100 pesos
San Miguel PEN, one of the 145 centers of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers with centers in 104 countries, exists to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere, fight for freedom of expression and represent the conscience of world literature.
San Miguel PEN is in San Miguel de Allende, in the middle of Mexico on the high plateau. It was created in 1979 as a center for English-speaking writers in Latin America in hopes of unifying the English and Spanish linguistic communities within PEN. San Miguel PEN promotes the Spanish language in all its work.
The PEN Writers in Prison Committee has been a focus of the San Miguel center for over 20 years. In 2002 San Miguel hosted the PEN Writers in Prison Committee’s international conference. This work involves answering countless calls for emergency action to aid those in legal trouble for their writing, including prison and threats of death.
San Miguel PEN is also active in International PEN’s Women Writers Committee, its Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee, and the PEN Iberoamerican Foundation (a regional organization).
San Miguel PEN sponsors local literary programs and a local scholarship program that helps Mexican children with limited financial resources stay in school. It participates in major Mexican literary events, such as the enormous yearly Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadalajara. PEN members travel at their own expense to represent the group at the United Nations and at international conferences.
San Miguel PEN sponsors an annual Winter Lecture Series to fund local activities and help support the international organization.