F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture Presents Viet Thanh Nguyen

2019 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture to feature Viet Thanh Nguyen, literary scholar, writer, and professor.

Over 10 years since its inception, the Case Western Reserve University Distinguished Lecture presents acclaimed literary scholar, writer and University of Southern California professor Viet Thanh Nguyen on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

Nguyen explores how depictions of the Vietnam War, and of the refugees it displaced, often fail to capture the full humanity and inhumanity, the sacrifices and savagery, of participants on opposing sides of the conflict. His lecture will focus on the topic “Refugee Stories and American Greatness.”

His bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. With his collection of short stories, The Refugees, Nguyen continues his exploration of the tensions, traumas and conflicting loyalties that endure far beyond a war’s end.

The hour-long lecture, as part of the Think Forum series, will be followed by a discussion and audience questions. The lecture will be presented at Case Western Reserve University’s Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple – Tifereth Israel, 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland. Due to the high level of interest, live streaming has been arranged at the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom (11038 Bellflower Road), where the program may be viewed in its entirety.

Guests without tickets may arrive the night of the event to join a standby line at the Maltz Performing Arts Center or go directly to the Tinkham Veale University Center. Standby guests will be admitted based on available seats, although standby admission is not guaranteed.

For more information on the lecture, visit the Callahan Distinguished Lecture Event Homepage.