The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

he pen is mightier than the sword Edward Bulwer Lytton, Richlieu (1838) For Nadine Gordimer In her magnificent 80’s “Not one of us comes here as a spokesperson for their culture or political system. The Communist and the anti-Communist, the apolitical and the Catholic, Jew, Protestant, Muslim may leave their labels behind them.” Arthur Miller […]

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

To be imprisoned or deprived of earning a living for exercising one’s right to freedom of expression, a fundamental democratic right guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, continues to be as common today as it was 42 years ago , when PEN International, the global organization for writers, established its […]

Legal eagle: Bobby Kennedy, Jr. fights for the environment and for his kids’ future

It was mid-afternoon inside Aloysius Hall, on the campus of the Pace University Environmental Litigation Clinic in White Plains, New York. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who founded the clinic in 1986, sat behind a “judge’s bench” with co-director Karl Coplan. Across the room, 10 third-year law students were taking turns at a podium, practicing their […]