Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vietnam-themed events at the Writers Institute

The New York State Writers Institute will feature film, fiction and nonfiction in three events exploring recent history in Vietnam:


January 31 (Friday)
Film screening — 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
Directed by Tran Anh Hung (Vietnam, 1995, 123 minutes, color, in Vietnamese with English subtitles)
Starring Le Van Loc, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Tran Nu Yên-Khê
The first Vietnamese film to be nominated for an Oscar, and the winner of two top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, CYCLO tells the tale of a bicycle-taxi driver in Ho Chi Minh City who becomes entangled in a world of drugs and crime. The Chicago Reader’s Jonathan Rosenbaum called it, “a visionary piece of work, shot through with passion and poetry.”
James D. Redwood, short story writer
February 18 (Tuesday)
Reading — 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus

James D. Redwood,
Professor of Law at Albany Law School, is the author of a first collection of stories, Love Beneath the Napalm (2014), inaugural winner of the Notre Dame Review Book Prize. Based on Redwood’s experiences as an English teacher and social worker in 1970s Vietnam, the stories have been published previously in leading literary magazines, including the Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, and TriQuarterly.
Nick Turse, investigative journalist and military historian
February 19 (Wednesday)
Reading and discussion — 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
Nick Turse, award-winning journalist specializing in national security and military issues, is the managing editor of and Investigative Fund fellow at the Nation Institute. His newest book is the New York Times bestseller Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (2013), an account of U.S. war crimes against Vietnamese civilians based on previously classified documents. His investigations of U.S. war crimes have earned him a special Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction. His earlier books include The Changing Face of Empire (2012), The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan (2010), and The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives (2008).
Cosponsored by Women Against War, and UAlbany’s Journalism Program in conjunction with its 40th Anniversary