Reason Speakeasy: Faisal Saeed al Mutar and Melissa Chen

  •  May 2, 2022
     6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join Reason Editor at Large Nick Gillespie for a live taping of The Reason Interview podcast on Monday, May 2, at New York’s Caveat bar and theater. Doors open at 6pm, interview starts at 7pm sharp, program ends at 8.30pm.

This is the third Reason Speakeasy, unscripted conversations with outspoken defenders of free thinking and heterodoxy in an age of cancel culture and thought police.

Nick will be talking with Faisal Saeed al Mutar and Melissa Chen, the outspoken co-founders of Ideas Beyond Borders (IBB), a nonprofit that translates books about pluralism, science, civil liberties, and critical thinking like John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now into Arabic and distributes them for free as ebooks throughout the Middle East. They’ve also translated thousands of Wikipedia pages on similar topics and made them available to an audience desperately interested in new ways of thinking about culture, politics, and ideas.

Faisal left Iraq after extremists killed his brother and threatened his life and Melissa was once a persona non grata in her native Singapore due to free speech activism. They’ll explain how they work to prevent extremism and cancel culture in the West as well as the East. Founded in 2017, Ideas Beyond Borders is also actively helping Afghans find refuge from the Taliban and is running a campaign against censorship at endbannedbooks.org.

*Please be advised that all attendees must present proof of full vaccination to enter Caveat.


Monday, May 2, 2022

6:00 to 8:30 PM



21 A Clinton St. New York, NY 10002

Tickets can be purchased here.