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The Promise of Beauty: A Talk by Visiting Associate Professor Mimi Thi Nguyen

Posted 04/17/2017
Submitted by Nels Highberg
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
Associate Professor Mimi Thi Nguyen

Associate Professor Mimi Thi Nguyen

As members of a university community, we seek beauty in art, argument, performance, music, literature, ideas, spaces, nature, politics, bodies, and theories.

What does it mean to pursue the expansion, intensification, proliferation, or accumulation of beauty in the world? How does beauty both enforce convention and encourage radicalism?

Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen, Associate Professor, Gender & Women's Studies and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will give a talk for the campus community adressing these questions. 

When: 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 20

Where: Auerbach Auditorium (H 125)

Nguyen is the 2017 Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Visiting Professor for the University of Hartford. She is the author of The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages (Duke University Press, 2012; Outstanding Book Award in Cultural Studies from the Association of Asian American Studies, 2014). She was also a columnist for Punk Planet and a volunteer for Maximumrocknroll.

Dr. Nguyen will be leading a week-long seminar on this topic for faculty the week of June 19. An announcement about the application process for the summer seminar will appear in Unotes soon.

This talk is sponsored by the 2016-18 Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Teaching Humanist, Dr. Nels P. Highberg, English and Modern Languages, (A&S) who can be contacted at

Associate Professor Mimi Thi Nguyen

Associate Professor Mimi Thi Nguyen


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