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March 10, 2004

Salman Rushdie To Deliver UI Distinguished Lecture

Salman Rushdie, considered by some critics to be one of the greatest authors of his generation, will deliver the 2004 University of Iowa Distinguished Lecture on Monday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

A book signing on the IMU Sun Porch will follow the lecture, with books available for purchase through the University Bookstore. Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

"We are excited about the visit and the many dialogues that Mr. Rushdie will open up on this campus community," said event chair Anjali Khosla.

Rushdie is perhaps best known for his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses," for which the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini imposed a death sentence for being offensive to Islam. As a result, Rushdie lived in hiding for many years.

A native of Mumbai (Bombay), India and raised in England, Rushdie was brought up in Islam but left the religion while in high school. He has written 16 novels and short story and essay collections since his first novel, "Grimus," was published in 1975. His novel "Midnight Children" won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981.

At the lecture, UI President David Skorton will present Rushdie with the Distinguished Lecture Medallion. Past recipients include President Bill Clinton, South African President F.W. DeClerk, and Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information about the University of Iowa Lecture Committee, visit the website at or call 319-335-3255. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend at University sponsored events. If you are an individual who requires an accommodation in order to participate please contact the University Lecture Committee.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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