Salman Rushdie

Public Events, Private Lives: Literature + Politics in the Modern World
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kimmel Arena

General admission to this lecture is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided. Doors will open at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture, and guests will be admitted on a first-come/first-served basis. Backpacks and outside food or drink are not permitted in the Kimmel Arena. A limited number of ticketed arena floor seats will be reserved for UNC Asheville faculty, staff and students.

Visitor, Faculty/Staff and Non-resident student parking lots will be available for this event. Please see campus map for parking locations. University shuttles will run the University Heights loop, carrying visitors to and from parking areas along the loop. Shuttles will drop-off/pick-up at the bulldog statue, in front of Justice Gym.

Press Release

Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time— of any time. A brilliant provocateur, he's penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Queen's Knighthood for "services to literature." He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today.

Sir Salman Rushdie's novels, greeted always with anticipation and acclaim, include The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and 2008's The Enchantress of Florence. For his masterwork of magic realism, Midnight's Children, he won the presitigious Booker Prize, and later, the Best of the Booker. The novel has since been adapted to film by the Academy Award nominated director, Deepa Mehta, and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is also the author of bestselling memoir Joseph Anton. His new novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, will be published in September 2015 by Random House.

An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Rushdie has won many of the world's top literary prizes, published a heralded collection of essays, Step Across the Line, written a book on The Wizard of Oz, and served for two years as president of The PEN American Center, the world's oldest human rights organization. Sir Salman Rushdie's Luka and the Fire of Life is a children's novel and a companion to Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

Sponsored by:
NEH Distinguished Professor in Humanities, Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor in Humanities, Thomas H. Howerton Professor in Humanities

(photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

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Live Reading of Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Presented by the UNC Asheville Literature Club and Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society)
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Rushdie’s 1990 children’s book, which originated as stories he told aloud to his son, will be read aloud by UNC Asheville students and faculty.

Tuesday, February 16

The Cleric and The Storyteller: Khomeini's Fatwā and Rushdie's Satanic Verses
Lecture by UNC Asheville Associate Professor of History Dr. Samer Traboulsi
12 - 1 p.m. | Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall

This lecture will cover the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses and the fatwā issued by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini calling for Rushdie’s death.

Wednesday, February 17

Film Screening of Midnight's Children
Introduction by Associate Professor of History Dr. Samer Traboulsi
7 p.m. | The Grotto, Highsmith Union

Director Deepa Mehta’s 2012 film adaptation of Rushdie’s acclaimed novel, which follows the lives of children born at the stroke of midnight as British rule ended and India and Pakistan were partitioned.

Thursday, February 18

Post-Colonialism, Hybridity, and Rushdie
Lecture by Vanessa Guignery, author and professor of English literature at Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon, France  
12 p.m. | Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall

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