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92nd Street Y in Vail Sunday focuses on the future of free expression

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Special to the DailySalman Rushdie will discuss the importance of moral courage in a live satellite broadcast in Vail Sunday

VAIL, Colorado ” B’Nai Vail and the Vail Symposium are proud to partner on this season’s second presentation of The Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y Program at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. The presentation’s are live satellite broadcasts from New York. On Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Irshad Manji will discuss moral courage in the media with Salman Rushdie.

Manji is a Muslim reformer who the New York Times calls “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare.” She is an internationally known bestselling author of “The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslims Call for Reform in Her Faith.” Manji is also the creator of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, “Faith Without Fear.”

Recently, Manji collaborated with the New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service on the Moral Courage Project, a series of public conversations about moral courage in journalism, politics, religion and beyond, which engages leaders to illuminate and influence the future of free expression in a fragile world.

Tonight’s conversation engages Salman Rushdie, on the 20th anniversary of Iran’s fatwa against him. Rushdie is best known for his book, “The Satanic Verses,” which caused immediate controversy in the Islamic world because of what was perceived as an irreverent depiction of the prophet Muhammad. The title refers to a disputed Muslim tradition that is related in the book. The book was banned in many countries with large Muslim communities.

Rushdie is the author of 10 novels, one collection of short stories and four works of nonfiction. His work has rewarded him with the Booker Prize, the Booker of Bookers and the Best of the Booker. Rushdie’s most recent novel is “The Enchantress of Florence.”

The next Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y program will feature Carol Leifer with Jerry Seinfeld discussing their influence in the comedic world from “Seinfeld” to “Saturday Night Live” on April 7 at 6 p.m.

What is Live from the Y?

The Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y Programs are live satellite broadcasts from New York to our community. B’Nai Vail hosts the 92nd Street Y programs, all talks with powerful speakers on a variety of gripping national and global topics. The program is free to the community. Rabbi Deborah Rappaport described the 92nd Street Y Programs with enthusiasm, saying “I am thrilled that B’Nai Vail is bringing these enriching and important dialogues to our community.”

Call the Symposium office at 970-476-0954 to inquire about or sign up for a program, or hop on-line to view complete descriptions for all of our programs and register on the Vail Symposium website at http://www.vailsymposium.org.

What: 92nd Street Y program satellite feed

Where: Vail Interfaith Chapel, Vail

When: Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org.

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