Salman Rushdie Symposium @ Emory w/ Christopher Hitchens February 28, 2010Posted by rationalskeptic in Christopher Hitchens.
Tags: Christopher Hitchens, Emory University, Salman Rushdie
On Friday February 26, 2010, I attended the Salman Rushdie Symposium at Emory University for the opening of the Salman Rushdie archive at Emory.
If you have read this blog at any length, you have realized that Christopher Hitchens is an enormous influence of mine, and on Friday I was finally able to see him in discussion and meet him afterwards.
The discussion was titled “The Only Subject Is Love: Imagining Better Worlds,” and they stayed on topic at the beginning of their discourse, but Rushdie and Hitchens took the talk to different areas of interest. Christopher Hitchens talked about how compulsory love from an authoritarian dictator was an evil concept while simultaneously commanded to fear him. Hitchens talks about these issues in many debates, articles, speeches, etc but it resonated more so considering the topic of discussion, which was love.
One interesting comment made during the discussion, was when Rushdie said that he offered up the title of “Hitch-22” for Hitchens’ forthcoming memoir, which I thought was an interesting little factoid.
Emory University had the event filmed and should be available on their website sometime next week.
All in all it was an incredible event, and I will be posting a more thorough review soon.