Think Forum: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Topic: “Refugee Stories and American Greatness”
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
This discussion is presented as the 2019 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture, with community partners, The Refugee Response and MotivAsians.
Maltz Performing Arts Center
1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
Viet Thanh Nguyen
A literary scholar, writer and professor at the University of Southern California, Viet Thanh Nguyen explores how depictions of the Vietnam War—and the refugees it displaced—often fail to capture the full humanity and inhumanity as well as the sacrifices and savagery of participants on both sides of the conflict.
His bestselling novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. With his collection of short stories, The Refugees, Nguyen continues his exploration of the tensions, traumas and conflicting loyalties that endure far beyond a war’s end.