President’s Lecture Series to present Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen

Sold-out Nov. 13 lecture to be livestreamed

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will be the featured speaker of the next President’s Lecture, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Stude Concert Hall, Alice Pratt Brown Hall. The lecture is sold-out; however, a livestream of the event will be available via and

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Nguyen’s lecture is part of the Rice University Community of Asian Alumni’s yearlong celebration of 100 years of Asian life at Rice. It is presented in association with Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.

Nguyen’s debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” garnered international praise, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize and was named to more than 30 best-books-of-the-year lists. “The Refugees,” Nguyen’s best-selling story collection, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an Amazon Best Book of the Month and an Indie Next Selection. His nonfiction book, “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War,” was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Nguyen serves as cultural critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times and is co-editor of the book “Trans-Pacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field.” He came to the U.S. as a refugee from the Vietnam War with his family in 1975.

The President’s Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Office of the President and supported by the J. Newton Rayzor Lecture Fund, was created to enrich the intellectual life of the Houston community by bringing to the Rice campus “celebrities of substance,” speakers of both high intellectual distinction and broad public appeal. For more information, email



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