Snyder Lecture

An evening with Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, one of the world’s most successful, celebrated and controversial authors, will give the annual Richard E. Snyder President’s Lecture on Tuesday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium.
Tickets are free but must be reserved by calling 617-627-2000. Seating for the lecture is limited.

“Step Across This Line: An Evening with Salman Rushdie” will offer a tour de force of ideas and intellectual pyrotechnics. Rushdie will explore freedom of expression, religion and its relationship to popular culture and modern society, current events at home and abroad and the role of the artist in society.

The talk, which will include an opportunity for the audience to ask questions, will be followed by a 9 p.m. reception and signing of Rushdie’s latest novel, Shalimar the Clown.

He is also the author of Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Step Across This Line: Collected Non-Fiction, 1992–2002. The Satanic Verses was considered sacrilegious by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued a fatwa (now lifted) against Rushdie. Shalimar the Clown is an international tale surrounding a murder that looks at first like a political assassination, but turns out to be a dramatic personal revenge story.

An astute observer of the Middle East, Southeast Asia and other hot spots, Rushdie argues that America and her allies must do a better job of evaluating the gains being made by the war on terror and its costs—in lives, international cooperation and the goodwill of the people we are trying to liberate. Rushdie has been president of the PEN American Center since 2004 and has won numerous international literary prizes.