March 25, 2014
Westerville, OH—Otterbein will welcome novelist Sir Salman Rushdie to campus from April 10-11 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 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.
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 Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and The Enchantress of Florence.
His most recent book, Joseph Anton – A Memoir, recounts the extraordinary story of the decade Rushdie spent living in hiding under an assumed name after the Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death on the grounds of blasphemy in his novel, The Satanic Verses. 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.