2022 Big Read Keynote: Uyen Khuong, Action Together NJ – Recording Available

Photograph Credit: MONICA HERNDON / Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Photographer

Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 3 pm via Zoom

Founder/Executive Director, Vietnamese Refugee and Mother of 3

The Pennington Public Library is excited to bring our community together through the 2022 NEA Big Read initiative. This year, PPL has selected Uyen “Winn” Khuong to deliver our Big Read keynote address.

Uyen Khuong, pronounced “Winn”, will share vivid memories of her own experiences as a refugee from Vietnam in 1980. Uyen is the Founder and the Executive Director of ATNJ Education Fund, a nonpartisan 501(c) charity and Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ), a 501(c)4 non-profit civic organization.  For her organizing work, she was a recipient of the We Are EMILY Award from EMILY’s List, and was also awarded the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award from Senator Robert Menendez, the Breaking Barriers Award from CAIR-NJ, and the Community Service Award from the American Muslim Council.

Uyen currently serves on the Steering Committee of Rising Stars at the Eagleton Institute, and Governor Murphy’s Diversity and Inclusivity Council.  She was a speaker at the 2018 and 2019 Women’s March, 2018 March for Our Lives.  Media Appearances and Articles include the NY Times, New Jersey Globe, InsiderNJ, NJ.com, Philadelphia Inquirer, and PBS Newshour.

This program is part of the 2022 NEA Big Read, which encourages the Pennington community to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of events. The Best We Could Do is an intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Please visit PenningtonLibrary.org/2022BigRead for a full calendar of events and more information.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.