Lava Thomas (1986, 2003, + winter 2009) The Smithsonian American Art Museum created a video with Lava Thomas discussing her work Requiem for Charleston. The work honors the nine men and women who died in a shooting on June 17, 2015, inside the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Watch the full video

Viet Thanh Nguyen (2008) CREATIVE MINDS: DVAN AND VIET THANH NGUYEN PRESENTS VIETNAMESE WRITERS OF THE DIASPORA on Saturday, June 9 at 6PM Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner (The Sympathizer), recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC and co-director of Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), hosts an evening featuring Vietnamese writers of the diaspora and incoming fellows of a private residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Learn more here