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Feb. 2,  2009

Rushdie to Give Public Lecture at Emory

"Adaptation" will explore how one art form migrates to another

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Salman Rushdie, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University, will give a public lecture titled "Adaptation" at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd. on Emory's main campus.

Tickets are $10 ($5 for Emory faculty, staff and students) and are available at (This event is sold out.)

In his lecture, Rushdie will consider the process by which art in one form is "translated" or "migrates" into another form and, by extension, the way people of one world are transplanted, "translated" or remade into another.

Cameras and recording devices are prohibited. No bags, backpacks or laptop cases larger than an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper will be permitted, and all bags are subject to inspection. There will be no book signing at the event. The author's works will be available for purchase.

"Great Novels Made Into Great Films" Continues Through March 19

In conjunction with the lecture, Emory will host a screening of four films made from great novels. At each screening, Rushdie will briefly introduce the film. All films will be shown in Emory's White Hall, room 208. Admission is free. See the complete schedule of film screenings.

Rushdie Joined Emory in 2007

Rushdie's position as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory is a five-year appointment, and began in the spring of 2007. During each of the five years, he presents a public lecture, teaches for at least four weeks, leads a graduate seminar, participates in undergraduate classes, advises students and engages in symposia with the academic community.

In 2006, Rushdie placed his archive at Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Library. Included in the archive are Rushdie's private journals detailing life under the fatwa, as well as personal correspondence, notebooks, photographs and manuscripts of all of his writings, including two early unpublished novels.

Rushdie is one of the world's best-known writers of fiction and essays and a leading champion for human rights. His novel, "Midnight's Children" (1981), won Britain's most prestigious literary award, the Booker Prize, and was voted last year the "greatest Booker Prize winner in the 40-year history of the award." Subsequent novels, including "The Satanic Verses" (1988), "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" (1999), "Shalimar the Clown" (2005) and "The Enchantress of Florence," involve a panoramic scope, weaving mythology, pop culture, politics and religions from around the world to epic effect.

Great Novels Made into Great Films Schedule

Film and Literature Screenings and Forum with Salman Rushdie

All films will be shown in Emory's White Hall, Room 208

  • Monday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.: The Age of Innocence (1993), by Edith Wharton, Film directed by Martin Scorsese
  • Monday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.: The Leopard (1963), by Giovanni Di Lampedusa, Film directed by Luchino Visconti
  • Monday, March 2, 8 p.m.: Wise Blood (1979), by Flannery O'Connor, Film directed by John Huston
  • Monday, March 16, 8 p.m.: Great Expectations (1946), by Charles Dickens, Film directed by David Lean

Forum on Film and Literature

  • Thursday, March 19 at 4 p.m.: Salman Rushdie, distinguished writer in residence, Department of English, and Matthew H. Bernstein, Professor, chair of the Department of English and director of Graduate Studies, Department of Film Studies. Brooks Commons, Cannon Chapel.  No tickets required,


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