Past Event

It Matters Now: Emergencies and Public Writing

December 13, 2021
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Online Event

The Columbia Public Writing Series:

It Matters Now: Emergencies and Public Writing
Monday, December 13  |  5:30–6:45 p.m. ET

RSVP required

  • Featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen, University Professor; Aerol Arnold Chair of English; and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California
  • Moderated by Denise Cruz, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; and Sue Mendelsohn, Director of the Writing Center; Associate Director of First Year Writing, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
  • Reading: NYT Opinion Guest Essay, "I Can’t Forget the Lessons of Vietnam. Neither Should You." | (PDF)

Scholarship and personal experience can be powerful tools to guide sound policy during emergency events, particularly when history seems bound to repeat itself. Viet Thanh Nguyen, novelist and USC Professor of English and American Studies and Comparative Literature, discusses writing public essays on urgent topics.

All members of the Columbia community are welcome; Columbia email required for registration. To benefit most from each event, read the featured article in advance.

This event will be held online. For questions, please contact [email protected].


Contact Information

Pam Rodman