27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture

27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture presents

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize Winner & Scholar ( )

Enduring Wars in Transpacific Memories


14 September 2017 | 1:00 pm

Knight Auditorium | Spurlock Museum

Free and Open to the Public


Co-sponsored by:

Center for Advanced Study | Center for Global Studies with the support of the US Department of Education | Mortenson Center for International Library Programs | Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory through the Nicholson Gift Fund | Diversity Committee of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library | School of Information Sciences

In consideration with:

United Nations “Together: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” Campaign | University YMCA Welcoming Week

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Related Info:
The MLIS students at St Catherine University created a LibGuide related to Viet’s work. This guide includes a variety of resources about the Vietnam War for both adults and youth.


9:00-10:30 AM
Graduate Seminar with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory: Asian American Cultural Center Lounge1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL . Contact Susan Koshy 
1:00-2:30 PM
Lecture and Q&A: Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum – 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 
2:30-3:30 PM
Viet Thanh Nguyen: Biography
Lecture: Abstract & Details


This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to join the lecture and book signing, please complete the Lecture RSVP Form (RSVPs now closed). RSVPs are not required, however, we ask you to RSVP for planning purposes.


Livestreaming will be made available, 14 September, at Live at Illinois. If you plan to view the live stream, we ask for your RSVP through the Livestream RSVP Form (RSVPs now closed).

Getting There

The Lecture and Book Signing will take place at the Spurlock Museum, located at 600 S Gregory St. in Urbana, IL .

Parking and driving directions  may be found on Spurlock’s website. Should you have any questions, please contact the Mortenson Center  for further details.


All public areas in Spurlock are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs or strollers, though seating is limited in the Knight Auditorium. Assisted listening devices are available in the Knight Auditorium.

If you need accessible seating or an assisted listening device , please contact the Mortenson Center .

Parking spaces for visitors with handicapped parking permits are available in the small lot next to the Museum building. The University also maintains an ADA floor plans of the building.

Book Signing & Sales

Following the Lecture, Viet Nguyen will be available for a book signing at the Spurlock Museum from 2:30-3:30 pm.

The Illini Union Book Store will have three titles available for purchase, including The Sympathizer, The Refugees, and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. Books may be purchased by credit card, cash, or check.


Mortenson Center:

Website: www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson
Email: mortenson@illinois.edu
Phone: +1 217.333.3085