- June 27, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Writer Nishta J. Mehra is the daughter of Indian American immigrants, the wife of a white woman from Texas, and the mother of an adopted black child. Her life is a series of intersecting boundaries—of race, gender, sexuality, and religion—and her essays have examined the ways she navigates the various communities and ideologies that make up her family's life.
Her latest collection of essays, Brown, White, Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion, is a book about moving between boundaries and establishing a space for yourself and your children that doesn't conform to rigid notions of what it means to be a family. Nishta writes movingly of her love for her child, and her desire to protect them at all costs, even as she also feels responsible for preparing them for the harsh realities of being black in America today.
Join therapist and professor Daniela Koenig for a conversation with Nishta about family and motherhood, race, and raising a black child in America today.
Nishta J. Mehra was raised among a tight-knit network of Indian immigrants in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the proud graduate of St. Mary's Episcopal School and holds a BA in Religious Studies from Rice University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Currently a middle school English teacher, she authors the popular food blog Blue Jean Gourmet and lives with her partner, Jill, and their child, Shiv, in a suburb of Houston, Texas.
Daniela Koenig, MFT, is a licensed therapist, trainer and graduate school professor. She holds a MA in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. She has studied at the Northern California Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Center and has completed the CIIS Sex Therapy Certificate program and is working towards her AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) certification.
Having grown up in Europe, as a bi-racial woman with different cultures and languages, she brings a deep understanding of differences, culture, inclusion and identity to her work. She has a bilingual practice in English and German in San Francisco. Her teaching is influenced by multiple cultural perspectives, as well as post-colonial and feminist theory.
In her private practice Daniela helps couples and individuals deepen their connection with themselves and with their partners and loved ones. She brings a passion for helping people be in right relationship with themselves - body, mind, heart and sprit. She enjoys working with interracial couples to support them create the relationships they really want.