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Viet Thanh Nguyen Reading Group: The Refugees

Friday, October 6, 2017, 11:00am

College Arts & Humanities Institute

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 1: The Refugees
Friday, October 6, 11am
College Arts & Humanities Institute
1211 E. Atwater Avenue, Bloomington

Discussion led by Brando Skyhorse.

Published in 2017, this short story collection follows the lives of multiple refugees as they move across lands physically through travel, or metaphorically through memories, delusions caused by senility, or even across the borders of life and death. This beautifully crafted collection highlights Nguyen’s gifts as a storyteller whose poignant observations give us greater insight into the plight of those who have had to flee and begin their lives anew even as they deal with the trauma of deterritorialization.

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.