Join us as we mark worldwide “Torture Awareness Month” with a vigorous discussion of modern torture and the fight against it.

PEN Center USA and San Diego Museum of Man present Taking a Stand
Against Torture, a reading and discussion by Larry Siems, director of
Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Center and
author of The Torture Report, as well as Dr. Julie Kuck, licensed clinical psychologist with Survivors of Torture, International.

Date: June 8, 2013

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. The readings begin at 6:45 p.m. A beer-and-wine reception will follow the discussion.

Location: San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets: $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets here:

• Larry Siems leads PEN American Center’s ongoing efforts to defend
writers facing persecution around the world and protect freedom of
expression in the United States. He is the author, most recently, of The
Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America’s Post-9/11
Torture Program. Originally published in collaboration with the ACLU as,
The Torture Report draws on 140,000 pages of declassified U.S.
government documents to construct a narrative account of what happened
inside the CIA’s secret prisons and military detention facilities in
Guantanamo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Dr. Julie Kuck of Survivors of Torture, International, is a licensed clinical psychologist. She will talk about the effects of torture on its victims. For more information about the organization, please visit

PEN Center USA, a literary nonprofit based in Beverly Hills, has a
membership of more than 600 professional writers. PEN Center USA strives
to protect the rights of writers around the world, to stimulate
interest in the written word, and to foster a vital literary community
among the diverse writers living in the western United States.

Located beneath the ornate 200-foot California Tower, San Diego Museum
of Man is Southern California’s only museum devoted to anthropology and
archaeology. With its Spanish colonial and mission-style architecture,
the landmark building was originally constructed for the 1915
Panama-California Exposition. Today, San Diego Museum of Man is
dedicated to using its world-class collections, dynamic exhibits, and
compelling educational programs and events to fulfill its mission of
inspiring human connections by exploring the human experience.