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In HNN Audio Podcast #18, we interview acclaimed novelist and humanist Salman Rushdie about the organized humanist movement and the relationship between the novel and humanist thought. This show also contains live recordings of the April 20 ceremony hosted by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard honoring Salman Rushdie with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism. Theceremony , which took place in the Memorial Chapel at Harvard Yard,marked the beginning of The New Humanism conference.

Segment 1: Pinker & Goldstein on Salman Rushdie

Ceremony Recording: Renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinkerand philosopher Rebecca Goldstein speak about being humanists andintroduce Salman Rushdie during the opening night of The New Humanismconference hosted by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.*


Segment 2: Salman Rushdie Accepts Cultural Humanism Award

Ceremony Recording: Salman Rushdie accepts the OutstandingLifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism given by the HumanistChaplaincy at Harvard University. Rushdie speaks about humanism and hiswork as a writer.*


Segment 3: Q & A With Salman Rushdie

Ceremony Recording: Salman Rushdie takes questions from theaudience of The New Humanism conference. He shares his thoughts on theaggressive style of "The New Atheists," The Satanic Verses fatwa controversy, and gives advice to aspiring writers.*


Segment 4: HNN Interviews Salman Rushdie about Organized Humanism

Interview: Duncan Crary and Matt Cherry, both of the Institutefor Humanist Studies, interview Salman Rushdie about his thoughts onorganized humanism and the role of fiction in humanist thought. Rushdieasks a question for humanist advice columnist Molleen Matsumura, a.k.a."Sweet Reason."


Segment 5: Coming up! E.O. Wilson, Dar Williams, Allan Dershowitz

Promo: During The New Humanism conference, the HNN Audio Podcastteam recorded more than a dozen interviews with humanists from aroundthe world. Here is an audio montage featuring sound bites frominterviews to come on the HNN Audio Podcast.


Live performances by the Turkish Troubadours*
"When I was a Boy", by Dar Williams. (Live performance)*


Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University | The New Humanism conference website | Photos from The New Humanism conference | photos by Hannah Thiem | A Brief History of Disbelief

*Recordings provided courtesy of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University

Call the HNN listener Comment line: 206-339-4168.

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