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Salman Rushdie to speak at Emory graduation

ATLANTA -- Sir Salman Rushdie, a University Distinguished Professor at Emory University, will speak at the school's commencement ceremony on Monday, May 11.

Rushdie's professorship ends this spring. During his time at Emory, he hosted a number of classroom lectures, faculty forums and public talks.

The author and human right advocate received worldwide fame in 1989, when Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death after The Satanic Verses was published.

Rushdie will also receive an honorary doctorate at Emory's commencement. Other honorary degree recipients will include former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin (doctor of laws), first-ever Emory provost Billy Frye (doctor of letters) and R. Randall Rollins, chairman of the board of directors of Rollins, Inc. (doctor of humane letters).

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