Controversial literary author Sir Salman Rushdie visited ECU Wednesday as the premiere lecturer for their "Voyage of Discovery" series.
Rushdie has written a dozen books and is most known for his book the "Satanic Verses."
After writing the book the Iranian government called for his death.
Rushdie lived under constant security for much of the late eighties and throughout the nineties.
He's been called a champion for freedom of expression and an outspoken intellectual on topics from religion to politics.
The crowd of more than a thousand students, faculty and residents in the east say it was a literary treat as he discussed the controversy that surrounded him after writing the "Satanic Verses."