NEA Big Read: Central Florida presents Sisavanh Phouthavong

Thursday, April 30, 2020 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Can art adequately respond to war? How do artists represent the unrepresentable? Join us for a series of virtual talks that seeks to answer these questions.

Sisavanh Phouthavong is Professor of Painting in the Department of Art and Design at Middle Tennessee State University. Her work has been included in numerous international exhibitions and is in the permanent collection of the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga and the American Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname. Phouthavong’s work seeks to raise awareness of the history of the American bombing of Laos and to advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs. From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions — equal to a planeload of bombs every eight minutes, twenty-four-hours a day, for nine years — making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read: Central Florida broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year the NEA Big Read: Central Florida is pleased to partner with the University of Central Florida’s Veterans Legacy Program to celebrate "The Things They Carried" by Tim O’Brien.


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