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Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to give Hanway Lecture

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ph.D., award-winning author, will deliver the 2020 Hanway Lecture in Global Studies virtually on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 6 p.m. via zoom.

The lecture titled, "An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen," will discuss migration and focus on his New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Sympathizer and his short story collection The Refugees

Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, is a suspenseful, espionage story of love and betrayal. The book has also received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, among others. Nguyen has published additional award-winning pieces including The Refugees and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. His latest work, Chicken of the Sea, is a children’s book—which his 6-year-old son, Ellison, collaborated with him on. 

Nguyen is a professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and comparative literature, and the Aerol Arnold Chair of English at the University of Southern California. He is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. Nguyen, a Vietnam native, moved to the United States with his family in 1975. Nguyen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in English and ethnic studies, as well as a Ph.D. in English.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Submit a question for the Q&A session following the lecture when you register. 

About the Hanway Lecture

Through the Hanway Lecture in Global Studies at Loyola University Maryland, the University brings noteworthy leaders to campus to share timely, relevant insight into today’s global society. In addition to fostering global awareness on campus, the Hanway Lecture engages a broader conversation throughout the region. The Hanway Lecture is an endowed series made possible by a gift from Ellen and Ed Hanway, a member of the University's Class of 1974 and former chair of Loyola’s Board of Trustees.