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Rushdie to teach at NYU’s journalism institute


New York: Controversial India-born author Salman Rushdie will join the journalism faculty at the New York University later this year to teach courses and advise graduate students. Rushdie will join the New York University (NYU) journalism faculty as a ‘Distinguished Writer in Residence’ at the Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute of the Faculty of Arts and Science in September, 2015.

Over the next five years, Rushdie would be teaching courses in the Institute, providing public readings and advising graduate students, the institute’s director Perri Klass said in a statement.

Klass said as a “brilliant writer and prominent public intellectual”, Rushdie exemplifies the mission of the Journalism Institute, which is a center for research and teaching in the city that is a cultural hub and media capital. He would join the institute’s ranks of writers, reporters, producers, and critics, to engage and inform the local community in journalism and beyond.

Klass expressed confidence that Rushdie would be an “outstanding addition” to the Journalism Institute. A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Rushdie won the 1981 Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children.

Rushdie had spent nearly a decade in hiding after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini had issued a fatwa against him in 1989 following the publication of his book ‘The Satanic Verses’, which was considered offensive to Islam.