Chautauqua Institution offers good wishes
Michael Hill, the head of the Chautauqua Institution, where the stabbing took place, offered his well wishes to Rushdie and Reese at a news conference with reporters around 6 p.m. Friday.
On Friday, the facility will be closed for the rest of the day.
“Chautauqua is a fellowship of people of all faiths and none, and our family together holds Mr. Rushdie and Mr. Reese and their families in prayer at this hour,” he said.
“I want to thank the State of New York for the police and all other law enforcement officers who were in Chautauqua today and responded within seconds. We are always very grateful for their service.”
“What we witnessed today at Chautauqua is an event unprecedented in our nearly 150 year history. We were founded to bring people together and community, to learn while creating solutions through action, to develop empathy and to embrace problems.”
“Today we are called to embrace fear and that worst of all human traits, hate. However, our job right now is to continue to support the police and others, and to be a resource for Mr. Rushdie and Mr. Reese’s family, and to envision a path to healing.”
“Rest assured we will return to our podiums and pulpits at Chautauqua. We will continue to convene the critical conversations that obviously can help build empathy, which is more important now than ever.”
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