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The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) is thrilled to welcome Viet Thanh Nguyen as our 18th Annual Anne and Loren Kieve Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Nguyen is a renowned novelist and public intellectual, best known for his novel The Sympathizer, for which he won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His talk is titled "Speaking for an Other".
Dr. Nguyenʼs 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, and a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards. 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) and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America.
Dr. Nguyen 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 is also the author of the bestselling short story collection, The Refugees. Most recently he 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.
The Annual Kieve Lecture is made possible by a generous endowed gift by Anne and Loren Kieve. This year's Lecture is co-sponsored by the Dean of Humanities and Sciences, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Centering Race Consortium, the Program in Asian American Studies, the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, the Program in African and African American Studies, the Department of English, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Creative Writing Program, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and the Asian American Activities Center.
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