February 3, 2011

Rushdie returns; public events planned

Salman Rushdie

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

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. Admission is free and tickets are not required. A question-and-answer session will be part of 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."

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 White Hall 208. Join the Office of the Provost, the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Department of English for these free film screenings. 

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. 

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.

"This will be an extraordinary opportunity for the Emory community to hear from Sir Salman firsthand," says Matthew Bernstein, chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies, "and benefit from his always-informative and illuminating observations about the adaptation process in general, and underlying connections between the novelists and filmmakers whose work we will experience."

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 Cannon Chapel.

On Wednesday, March 23, Rushdie teams up with Ambassador Andrew Young, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Morehouse College, to talk about democracy and globalization. The free event is at Morehouse College at 6:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. See more information about the event here.

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. 

Get details on all of Salman Rushdie's residency events.

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