Panel Discussion | April 28 | 1:30-2:45 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his novel The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyenfiction writer, essayist, activist, and UC Berkeley doctoral alumhas become an outspoken voice for refugee rights and justice for immigrants. In 2017 he received a MacArthur Genius Grant, and while he was commended for challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it has displaced, his latest efforts move outward to the plight of refugees across the world. His lauded story collection The Refugees explores immigration, identity, love, and family. His latest project, The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, brings together a host of prominent writers. He joins us to today to talk with Karen Tei Yamashita, novelist and essayist on the immigrant experience, about the role of the writer in society, the importance of art to politics, and the power of the written word.