Public Events, Private Lives

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After writing my midterm, I skipped my Organization and Staff Development lecture to go to Pantages Playhouse and once again embrace my artistic side by attending the Winnipeg Arts Council’s 25th Anniversary Lecture featuring 3-time Booker Prize winning author, Salman Rushdie. His talk carried the theme “Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World.”

Pantages was packed. Wow. It feels so nice to be surrounded by people who love the Arts and Humanities like I do. The lecture started with a performance by the Prairie Voice, singing a classical version of the song “If We Were Worthy of the World” from his book, “The Ground Beneath Her Feet.”

He’s a very interesting and smart man. His lecture was insightful, timely and at the same time funny. I took notes, because I am an epic geek. I was able to have my copies of “The Satanic Verses” and “Midnight’s Children” signed, and a guy ahead of me was nice enough to take a picture of me with Salman.