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Viet Thanh Nguyen Reading Group: Nothing Ever Dies

Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:00pm

Global & International Studies Building, Room 1060

On October 26, acclaimed author Viet Thanh Nguyen will visit IU Bloomington for a public reading at President’s Hall. Nguyen’s work addresses urgent issues and themes central to contemporary discussions in the humanities, including identity and otherness; race and race politics; history and memory; nationalism and globalization; migration and the status of the refugee.

Leading up to his visit, there will be a series of reading group focused on Nguyen’s three most recent creative works: a short story collection, a creative non-fiction analysis of the legacy of the Vietnam War in/upon American cultural memory and forgetting, and his much celebrated debut novel.

Week 2: Nothing Ever Dies
Friday, October 13, 1pm
Global & International Studies Building, Room 1060

Discussion led by Nick Cullather and Purnima Bose.

This non-fiction meditation upon and analysis of the legacy of the Vietnam war in the American collective memory asks us to confront the ethics of our complicity with the endless war dynamic structurally built into American governance. Drawing from a broad archive of objects, monuments, mass produced memorabilia, documentary photographs, first-person accounts, and museum exhibitions, Nguyen also questions the aesthetics of proliferating images of this conflict and ponders on the uses and the necessity of forgetting.

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s visit has been organized as part of the College’s Themester 2017: Diversity, Difference, Otherness. His visit was made possible with support from College Arts & Humanities Institute, the Arts & Humanities Council, the departments of English and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Asian American Studies Program.

For more information, please contact Vivian Halloran.