Excerpts from an Interview with Salman Rushdie
Grades: 7 - 12

Video Description: View excerpts from a longer conversation with internationally renowned author Salman Rushdie. Conversation topics include living under fatwa, the importance of free expression, and the value of discussion and debate inspired by arts and literature.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Literature-270**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video to inspire discussion on any of the following topics that are explored in the interview: 1) the role of arts and literature in society; 2) the importance of the free interchange of ideas; 3) the value of debate and discussion in the public arena.
  • Use the video as part of a pre-set activity before providing the complete interview to students. Find the full interview here.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.