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Dixie Forum Presents Internationally Renowned Storyteller

March 23, 2015


Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

During a multifaceted presentation, an internationally renowned Vietnamese guitarist, storyteller and filmmaker will present “Cultural Understanding Through the Arts” at Dixie State University’s next installment in the “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series.

Tinh Mahoney’s presentation is set to take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, at the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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, Tinh 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.

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 Tuesday, March 24, at noon in the Dunford Auditorium, when Caitlin Horrocks and Todd Kaneko present about poetry.

For more information on Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, please contact DSU Forum coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or or visit