In 2004, Rushdie was named the president of The PEN American Centre, the largest branch of the world's oldest human rights organization. As president, he has worked to dispel national and ethnic hatreds, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship.
He has won numerous international literary prizes and awards, including the Booker Prize and the Booker of Bookers award for Midnights Children (1981). His other honors include the Whitbread Novel Award, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature.
Salman Rushdies visit to CMC is made possible through the generosity of CMC alumnus L. J. Kutten 74, the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, the CMC department of literature, and the Athenaeum.
The dinner and lecture at the Athenaeum are for CMC persons only, with overflow seating in McKenna Auditorium on a first-come basis.