Internationally renowned storyteller presents on the ‘American Dream’ at Dixie Forum

Tinh Mahoney, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University Public Relations Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — During a multifaceted presentation, internationally renowned Vietnamese guitarist, storyteller and filmmaker Tinh Mahoney will present “Cultural Understanding Through the Arts” at Dixie State University’s next installment of the “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series from noon to 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus, 225 S. 700 East, St. George. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Dixie Forum presenter Tinh Mahoney as he plays his guitar, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Dixie Forum presenter Tinh Mahoney as he plays his guitar, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

For his presentation, Mahoney will draw from his experiences of growing up in the midst of the Vietnam War and later living in Pakistan, the Philippines and the United States.

Having accomplished his “American Dream,” Mahoney expresses gratitude for his freedom, security and endless possibilities.

Mahoney travels to middle schools, high schools and colleges to promote education through cultural awareness. Through his musical and storytelling performances, Mahoney describes his struggles growing up in war-torn Vietnam, his family’s escape before the fall of Saigon in 1975, and his migration to the U.S. to complete his education.

He encourages students to embrace the transformative power of education by sharing his experiences of growing up in Binh Thuan province, where education is a one-way ticket out of poverty. Offering future generations this ticket to success, Mahoney is a founder of the Village School Foundation, a nonprofit organization that builds schools, sponsors scholarships and provides healthcare to needy children and their families.

About “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series

Dixie Forum is a lecture series designed to introduce the St. George community and DSU students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. The weekly series will continue March 24, at noon in the Dunford Auditorium, when Caitlin Horrocks and Todd Kaneko present about poetry.

The remainder of the spring Dixie Forum schedule is below. All forums will be at noon on Tuesdays in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus.

  • March 24 | Caitlin Horrocks and Todd Kaneko, presenting on poetry
  • March 31 |Ross D. Parke, presenting “Fatherhood: Remembering the Past, Imagining the Future”
  • April 7 | Josh Udall, presenting on cotton genomics and DNA sequencing
  • April 14 | David Wolske, creative director of Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, presenting on typography and design
  • April 21 | Rico E. Del Sesto, Tracey O’Kelly, and the Sustainability Committee, presenting on Earth Day

Event details and resources

  • What: “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World”
  • When: Tuesday, March 17, at noon
  • Where: Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center, Dixie State University campus, 225 S. 700 East, St. George
  • Contact: DSU Forum coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or [email protected]dixie.edu
  • Dixie forum website

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