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Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecture Series Welcomes Novelist Sir Salman Rushdie

Otterbein will welcome novelist Sir Salman Rushdie to campus on April 10-11, 2014, as the Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecturer.

Rushdie will give a public lecture*, Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Free tickets are available to the general public beginning March 17 at the Cowan Hall box office from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. Books will be available for purchase in the Cowan Hall lobby before and after the lecture.

Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time. He penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Queen’s Knighthood for “services to literature.” He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today. His novels include Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet and The Enchantress of Florence. Read more about Rushdie at www.salman-rushdie.com.

The Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecture and Scholar in Residence program was established in 2002 through a generous gift from alumnus Vernon L. Pack, a 1950 graduate of the University. A distinguished lecturer visits campus to address important current issues that will allow the Otterbein community to reflect on ethical, spiritual and social issues. In alternate years, an esteemed scholar is invited to campus to reside for up to one academic year in order to provide an educational enrichment experience for Otterbein students.

*We are anticipating a capacity crowd, and as we have done with other major campus events, we will conduct a bag check for audience members prior to entering the theatre. For easier access into the building, please do not bring any size bag with you. Doors will now open at 6 p.m.