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Feb. 1,  2011

Salman Rushdie Returns to Emory, Public Events Planned

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Emory University Distinguished Writer in Residence Salman Rushdie returns to campus this semester for his fifth consecutive year of teaching, seminars and public events.

"Truth and Memory" Conversation

Rushdie will participate in a public conversation on the subject of memoir titled “Truth and Memory” with Rosemary Magee, vice president and secretary of the university, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd.

Admission is free and tickets are not required. A question-and-answer session will be part of the event. Doors will open at 4 p.m. No large bags/backpacks, cameras or recording devices are permitted. The author will not be available for book signing before or after the event.

"Salman Rushdie's work expands beyond the boundaries of fiction to consider important matters of memory and truth,” says Magee. “His perspective on the history and place of memoir in our literary tradition will similarly expand our own assumptions about these questions."

Film Series Curated and Introduced by Rushdie

A public film series, “Great Works of Fiction Made Into Great Films,” has been curated and will be introduced by Rushdie. All films start at 7:30 p.m. and are screened in 35mm in Emory’s White Hall 208, 301 Dowman Drive. Admission is free.

Films include:

• Feb. 21: “Pather Panchali” (1955), 115 minutes. By Bibhutichushan Bandopadhyay. Film directed by Satyajit Ray. Print restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project at the Academy Film Archive with funding from the Film Foundation.  Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

• Feb. 28: “The Dead” (1987), 83 minutes. By James Joyce. Film directed by John Huston.

• March 14: “Contempt” (1963), 103 minutes. By Alberto Moravia. Film directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

• March 21: “Lolita” (1962), 152 minutes. By Vladimir Nabokov. Film directed by Stanley Kubrick.

A Conversation With Robert Spano and Steve Everett

Rushdie also will participate in "Music and Literature in the Technological Age: A Creativity Conversation" with Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Emory University Distinguished Artist in Residence; and Steve Everett, professor of music at Emory. The event is scheduled noon-1 p.m. Monday, March 14 at Emory’s Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle.

Rushdie's Archive at Emory

Rushdie’s archive, which he placed at Emory in 2007, opened to the public for the first time last year amid considerable fanfare. The archive encompasses not only Rushdie’s manuscripts, drawings, journals, letters and photographs, but also an array of digital materials, including several computers, which hold the complete digital environments in which Rushdie produced his work. 

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