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Fall Distinguished Lecture: Salman Rushdie


Sir Salman Rushdie went into hiding in 1989 after his novel, The Satanic Verses, offended the then-10-year-old revolutionary regime in Iran. The Ayatollah Ruollah Khomeini, the supreme religious leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, placed a $1 million bounty, or fatwa, on Rushdie's head. Rushdie spent more than a decade in hiding, and his 2013 memoir, Joseph Anton: A Memoir (Joseph Anton was Rushdie's alias) chronicles that experience. Undaunted, Rushdie continues to advocate for political and intellectual freedom and will give a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Morrison Center, titled "Literature and Politics in the Modern World."