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18/04/2006 in New York

In cooperation with 2006 PEN WORLD VOICES presented:

The Limits of Tolerance? Multiculturalism Now

Click here for the texts of the presentations with photos, and here for an article on the event from the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Friday, April 28, 2006
at 6:00 PM
Where: The New York Public Library, Celest Bartos Forum: 5th Ave. & 42nd St. (Enter on 5th Ave.)

with Pascal Bruckner, Necla Kelek, and Richard Rodriguez, moderated by Kwame Anthony Appiah

In both its American and European variants, multiculturalism is embattled from left and right as never before, even as both continents absorb unprecedented numbers of immigrants. Can the Enlightenment ideal of tolerance survive the pressures of profound cultural differences aggravated by religious extremism? A diverse group of American and European observers look at multiculturalism today.

Read more about the event here and here:

Necla Kelek
Necla Kelek was born in Istanbul in 1957 and moved to Germany at the age of 10. Her books include Die Fremde Braut (The Foreign Bride) about arranged and forced marriages of Turkish migrants, and Die verlorenen Söhne (Lost Sons) about the socialization, violence, and faith of Turkish-Muslim men.
Read an interview on multiculturalism with Necla Kelek here.

Dubravka Ugresic
Dubravka Ugresic was born in 1949 and is the author of several novels, short story collections, and essays. Her books � "The Ministry of Pain", "Lend Me Your Character", "Thank You For Not Reading", "The Museum of Unconditional Surrender", "The Culture of Lies", "Have a Nice Day", "In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories", and "Fording the Stream of Consciousness" � have been translated in many European languages and received several international literary awards. Ugresic is currently based in Amsterdam.

Richard Rodriguez
Richard Rodriguez was born in San Francisco in 1944. He is the author of "Hunger of Memory and Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father". He is also a contributing editor for Harper�s and a commentator on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Pascal Bruckner
Pascal Bruckner was born on December 15, 1948 in Paris, France. In 1994, his novel Bitter Moon was made into a film by Roman Polanski. His other works include "The Temptation of Innocence: Living in the Age of Entitlement","Parias", and "The Tears of the White Man: Compassion as Contempt".
Read an interview with Pascal Bruckner here.

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in London in 1954 and moved to Ghana as an infant. His books include "In My Father�s House", "Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race", and "The Dictionary of Global Culture" (co-edited with Henry Louis Gates Jr.). He has taught at Cambridge, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton.

On Friday, April 28, 2006 at 7:30 PM Hans Magnus Enzensberger gives a "public interview" in the Goethe Institut New York on his essay "The Radical Loser" published by here. More information on the event here. is an official contributor at 2006 PEN World Voices � The New York Festival for International Literature. - let's talk european