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Humanities to host VIet Thanh Nguyen as Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow

Pulitizer Prize winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen has been named a Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow for 2016-17. Author of the best-selling novel "The Sympathizer," Professor Nguyen (USC) is also the author of works of scholarship, including "Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War."

"The Sympathizer" was a New York Times Bestseller and won numerous other awards before receiving the 2016 Pulitzer in Fiction. A new collection of short stories, "The Refugees," is forthcoming. Nguyen's work at the intersection of creative writing and scholarship models the life of the engaged writer-critic in our century. His eloquent, funny, and multivalent exploration of the war in Vietnam from Vietnamese and Vietnamese American perspectives is compelling and freshly urgent in a new era of refugeeism.

Nguyen's visit will be co-sponsored by the Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP), the Department of Asian American Studies, the Southeast Asian Archives (Langson Libraries), the Forum for the Academy and the Public, and Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative.

You can hear Viet Thanh Nguyen's public address on Thursday, January 25, 2017, in the Crystal Cove Auditorium at 6:00 pm. He will return on Friday, February 3 for the Forum on the Academy and the Public's symposium, The Future of the Truth.