27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture: Viet Thanh Nguyen

vietthanhnguyen.jpg?itok=TKL1OXkC Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize Winner & Scholar, will present the 27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture.

"Enduring Wars in Transpacific Memories"

1:00-2:30 p.m. Lecture and Q&A 
2:30-3:30 p.m. Book signing and refreshments

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the novel The Sympathizer, from Grove/Atlantic (2015). The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for  Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, a California Book Award, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. The novel made it to over thirty book-of-the-year lists, including The Guardian, The New York Times,  The Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com, Slate.com, and The Washington Post. The foreign rights have been sold to twenty-three countries.

This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to join the lecture and book signing, please complete the Lecture RSVP Form. RSVPs are not required, however, we ask you to RSVP for planning purposes.

Livestreaming will be made available at Live at Illinois. If you plan to view the live stream, we ask for your RSVP through the Livestream RSVP Form.

Questions? Contact the mortenson [at] illinois.edu (Mortenson Center)


Spurlock Museum
600 S Gregory St., Urbana


Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, cosponsored by the iSchool

Event Date: 

Thu, 09/14/2017 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email the contact person. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.