YC Book Project and Schneier Center Sponsor Lecture by Salman Rushdie

Oct 20, 2004 — Yeshiva University students will have the opportunity to interact with author Salman Rushdie during his visit to campus on November 10. Mr. Rushdie will participate in a class as well as give a lecture at the university’s Wilf Campus in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan at Weissberg Commons in Belfer Hall, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue at 184th Street.

Mr. Rushdie will conduct an afternoon class along with YU professors Elizabeth Stewart, PhD, assistant professor of English and director of the Yeshiva College Book Project, and Ruth Bevan, PhD, the David W. Petegorsky Professor of Political Science and director of the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs. Mr. Rushdie’s 7 pm lecture will be followed by questions, and a reception and book signing at 8:30 pm.

“During the class, students and faculty will discuss with Mr. Rushdie his work, migrant and post-modern literature, and the East-West encounter in literature, as well as the relationship between religious and secular texts,” Dr. Stewart said.

Born in Bombay (now Mumbai), Mr. Rushdie is the author of numerous books, including Midnight’s Children, winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Arts Council Writers’ Award, the English-speaking Union Award, and the “Booker of Bookers” in 1993; Shame, winner of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger; and The Satanic Verses, winner of the 1988 Whitbread Novel Award and cause of the issuance of a fatwa against him in 1989. He is Honorary Professor in the Humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Mr. Rushdie’s visit is sponsored by the Yeshiva College Book Project and the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs, which, inaugurated in March 2004, seeks to promote international understanding and cooperation by providing an educational forum for the exchange of ideas related to diverse critical issues in our increasingly interdependent world. The annual Book Project is aimed at fostering a spirit of tolerance as well as providing an opportunity for dialogue between students and faculty, and for developing a broader sense of intellectual community.

The event is free and open to the public. Photo identification is required and reservations are requested. For reservations, e-mail yurushdielec@yu.edu. For more information, visit www.ycbookproject.com.

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