Viet Thanh Nguyen: Race and Our Moment of Crisis

Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Race and Our Moment of Crisis: 45 Years After the Viet Nam War.

A virtual talk and question and answer session with Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen 

Pulitzer Prize-winner, MacArthur Genius, Guggenheim Fellow, and now the first Asian American to join the Pulitzer Board. Dr. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other honors include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. His other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction), Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America, and the bestselling short story collection, The Refugees. His new novel, The Committed (sequel to The Sympathizer), will be released in March 2021. 


He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He has been interviewed by Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose, Seth Meyers, and Terry Gross, among many others. Dr. Nguyen has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, and le Prix du meilleur livre étranger (Best Foreign Book in France) for The Sympathizer. He is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. Recent essays include his piece for Time Magazine about the complexity of being Asian American in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and "The Ideas that Won't Survive the Coronavirus" in the New York Times. For more about his many accomplishments, visit: 

Co-sponsored by the English Department, Ethnic Studies Program, Asian Pacific Islander Resource Group, and Seminar Informal Curriculum. 


Professor Hilda Ma 

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