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Award-winning Author Salman Rushdie to Present Carleton College 2013 Lucas Lecture
Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 2:23pm
Oct 25 2013 6:00 pm
Location:Carleton College Recreation Center
As part an ongoing series on censorship, blasphemy and free speech, Carleton College is very pleased to announce the public appearance of award-winning British author Salman Rushdie on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Rushdie will present the 2013 Lucas Lecture, entitled “Censorship and The Satanic Verses: 25 Years Later.” This event is free and open to the public but reservations are encouraged; please register online at go.carleton.edu/rushdie.
Twenty-five years after the publication of his controversial novel, The Satanic Verses, renowned author Salman Rushdie will speak of his experiences with censorship and the importance of free speech, explains Susannah Ottaway, Carleton professor of history and the David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities. First published in the United Kingdom in 1988, many Muslims around the world had a very heated and violent reaction to Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, accusing Rushdie of blasphemy, and in 1989 the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie.
Known worldwide as “The Rushdie Affair,” English writer Hanif Kureishi called the fatwa “one of the most significant events in postwar literary history.” The primary debate was the Western value of freedom of expression—that no one “should be killed, or face a serious threat of being killed, for what they say or write”—against the view of many Muslims—that no one should be free to “insult and malign Muslims” by disparaging the “honor of the Prophet” Muhammad. The Iranian government backed the fatwa against Rushdie until 1998, when the Ayatollah Khomeini was succeeded by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, who said the government no longer supported the killing of Rushdie.
In addition to The Satanic Verses (1988), Sir Salman Rushdie is the author of several other novels including Grimus (1975), Midnight’s Children (1981, which was awarded the Booker Prize the same year and, in 1993, was judged to be the “Booker of Bookers,” the best novel to have won that prize in its first twenty-five years) and Shame (1983). Other titles includeThe Moor’s Last Sigh (1995), The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999), Fury (2001), Shalimar the Clown (2005) and The Enchantress of Florence (2008). He is also the author of two children’s books, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990) and Luka and the Fire of Life (2010).
Rushdie also published a book of stories, East, West (1994), and three works of non-fiction: Imaginary Homelands (1992), The Jaguar Smile (1987), and Step Across This Line (2002). He is the co-editor of Mirrorwork (1997), an anthology of contemporary Indian writing, and of the 2008 Best American Short Stories anthology.
His books have been translated into over 40 languages.
In 2004, an opera based upon Haroun and the Sea of Stories premiered at the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. Rushdie’s stage adaptation of Midnight’s Children was performed in London and New York by the Royal Shakespeare Company; a film version of the book, adapted by Academy Award-nominated director Deepa Mehta, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton, was also released the same year.
A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, Salman Rushdie has received, among other honors, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the Writers’ Guild Award, the James Tait Black Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year Prizes in both Britain and Germany, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, the Crossword Book Award in India, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the London International Writers’ Award, the James Joyce award of University College Dublin, the St Louis Literary Prize, the Carl Sandburg Prize of the Chicago Public Library, and a U.S. National Arts Award. He holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and six American universities, is an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at M.I.T, and University Distinguished Professor at Emory University.
An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Rushdie has received the Freedom of the City in Mexico City, Strasbourg and El Paso, and the Edgerton Prize of the American Civil Liberties Union. He holds the rank of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettre, France’s highest artistic honor. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as President of The PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organization, and continues to work as Chairman of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival, which he helped to create. In June 2007 he received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2008 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Library Lion of the New York Public Library.
The author’s official website can be found at www.salman-rushdie.com.
This event is sponsored by the Lucas Lecture Fund, in collaboration with the Carleton College Humanities Center and the Departments of English and Asian Studies. For more information, including disability accommodations, please contact the Office of College Relations at (507) 222-4308 or associate professor of English Arnab Chakladar at (507) 222-5547.
The Carleton College Recreation Center is located off of Highway 19 in Northfield.