The keynote speech will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Rogalski Center on February 4, 2018.
Revolutionary Neighbors: Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh in 1920s Paris.
Most people know that Ernest Hemingway came to Paris to become a writer, to learn about the new modern arts percolating in that city, and to understand the international political scene in the wake of the Great War. Fewer people know that a young Vietnamese man--who would later take the pseudonym Ho Chi Minh--came to the very same neighborhood of Paris, at exactly the same time, for those very same reasons. In fact, Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh were remarkably similar young men. Both had been wounded in armed conflicts involving European powers, both wanted to write in a way that would shock readers into new understandings, and both treated post-war Paris as their university. Paris turned both young men into revolutionaries. My talk, illustrated with photographs and art reproductions from 1920s Paris, will tell this story.