Viet Thanh Nguyen - 92Y, New York

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92Y Young Leaders Series

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen

“People who come to the U.S. as refugees know very soon that they shouldn’t call themselves refugees.”

Drawing from his own refugee and war story, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen has illuminated the experiences of refugees in the United States in The Displaced, an edited collection of refugee writers; the 2017 short story collection The Refugees; and his 2018 New York Times bestselling novel The Sympathizer. In this special event for high-schoolers, students and their teachers join Nguyen for a conversation about his work on empathy, trauma, and the experiences of refugees in the U.S.

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92Y offers partial and full subsidies to schools that require financial support to participate in the Young Leaders Series. To apply for a subsidy, please email us a brief description of your circumstances.

This event is produced through 92Y’s Young Leaders Series: a virtual education program that connects classrooms across the country with leading figures in the arts and humanities. The Series invites students to discover their own artistic and intellectual passions, identify resources to pursue those passions and shape the future of their world.


Online programs:
An access link will be emailed to you after purchase

In-person programs:

Adults and children age 12+ must show proof of vaccination upon arrival at 92Y

Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status.

Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep everyone in our community safe.

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He has written the novels The Refugees and The Sympathizer

Please note that all 92Y regularly scheduled in-person programs are suspended.