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Author Rushdie, Ambassador Andrew Young to Speak on Democracy, Globalization

March 10, 2011

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Author Salman Rushdie, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University, and Ambassador Andrew Young, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Morehouse College, will participate in a public conversation at Morehouse College on “Democracy and Globalization” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, 30314.

Rushdie and Young will address current freedom movements, the democracy versus stability argument in U.S. foreign policy, and how young people can respond and become involved in democratic reform. Morehouse President Robert Franklin will open the event, and Emory University Provost Earl Lewis will serve as moderator. A question-and-answer session will follow the conversation.

Admission is free. Parking is available in the Morehouse College Parking deck. No large backpacks, cameras or recording devices are allowed at the event.

As Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Morehouse, Young co-teaches a course on social and political change in the 20th century with daughter Andrea Young, executive director of the Andrew Young Foundation and Scholar in Residence at Morehouse.

While in residence at Emory this year, Rushdie has taught classes, participated in seminars and hosted a public film series. Rushdie’s archive, which he placed at Emory in 2007, opened to the public for the first time last year.

The event is sponsored by Morehouse College, Emory University and the Andrew Young Foundation.

For more information visit A live web stream of the event will be available at


Emory University ( is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. Perennially ranked as one of the country's top 20 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, Emory encompasses nine academic divisions as well as the Carlos Museum, The Carter Center, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Healthcare, Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive health care system.

As the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men, Morehouse College ( was recently recognized as the number one liberal arts college in the nation by Washington Monthly; one of 45 “Best Buy” schools for 2011 by the Fiske Guide to Colleges; one of the nation’s Most Grueling Colleges in 2010 by The Huffington Post; the number three HBCU in the nation for 2011 by U.S. News and World Report; and as one of American’s Best Colleges for three consecutive years by Forbes magazine.

Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil and human rights non-violent leader; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the National Center for Primary Care of Morehouse School of Medicine; Shelton “Spike” Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award-nominated actor; Maynard H. Jackson, founder of Jackson Securities and the first African American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African American Rhodes Scholar from an HBCU.

Posted by edurham at March 10, 2011 07:43 PM

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