MacArthur "genius grant" fellows include immigrant organizer, opera director

A director who has taken opera from the concert hall to the streets of Los Angeles and an organizer who helped put a human face on the plight of young undocumented immigrants are among this year's MacArthur fellows and recipients of the so-called genius grants.

Others announced Wednesday were writer and cultural critic Viet Thanh Nguyen - whose novel, "The Sympathizer," about a communist double agent, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction - and Derek Peterson, a historian of East Africa and professor at the University of Michigan.

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