An Evening With

Aarti Shahani

“Aarti Shahani’s book is destined to take its place among the finest memoirs written in recent decades―a heartbreaking, hilarious and tender love letter to the millions of people who have made their way across lands and oceans to try and find a new life in America. This book will take you on a vivid, almost cinematic journey that is both beautiful and unforgettable.”

― Guy Raz, co-creator of How I Built This, Wow in the World and TED Radio Hour

OCTOBER 6, 2019 – 7PM ● CITY OPERA HOUSE

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Event Details

Sunday ~ October 6, 2019
Traverse City Opera House
7PM // Doors at 6PM
Live Music, Cash Bar, and Morsels Sweet Treats
Stage conversation and Q&A with author
Post-event book signing

Tickets:

$5.00 Students

 

$15.00 General Admission

 

$25.00 Premium Reserved

Meet Aarti Shahani:

Who really belongs in America? Aarti Shahani will take the stage to talk about her memoir, Here WE ARE: American Dreams, American Nightmares. Born in India, Shahani uses her family’s immigration story—her father’s unjust imprisonment and her enrollment in one of the country’s most exclusive prep school—to unpack the deep schisms in American culture. How American culture glorifies the “deserving” while demonizing the “undeserving”–in her family’s case, relentlessly. Shahani is an NPR correspondent. Based in Silicon Valley, she covers the largest corporations on earth.
 

In her new memoir, NPR correspondent Aarti Shahani uses her immigration story to unpack the deep schism in American culture by which the “deserving” are deified and the “undeserving” demonized—in her family’s case, relentlessly.

The Shahanis came to Queesn-from India, by way of Casablanca—in the 1980s. They were undocumented for a few years and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they had it made. This is the story of how they did, and didn’t.

 

Aarti Namdev Shahani is a correspondent for NPR based in Silicon Valley, covering the largest companies on earth. Her reporting has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. Before journalism, Shahani was a community organizer in New York City, helping prisoners and families facing deportation. Her activism was honored by the Union Square Awards and Legal Aid Society. She received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with generous support from the university and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She completed her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She was among the youngest recipients of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and is an alumna of A Better Chance, Inc. Shahani grew up in Flushing, Queens—in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country—and believes every American should visit her hometown to understand what makes America great.

 

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