Launched in 1999 by then-Chancellor Ralph Cicerone, the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series brings to campus eminent scholars and public figures who are active change-makers and leaders in today’s world. These luminaries share their insights, expertise and ideas at on-campus lectures and seminars open to the public and UCI faculty, staff and students.
2016-17 Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series presents Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the novel The Sympathizer, from Grove/Atlantic (2015). The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016 as well as the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. Currently, he teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
Viet will read from his fictional and non-fictional works.