- June 18, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? Through his writing, renowned author Suketu Mehta has been attacking the issue head-on.
Drawing on his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in New York City, and on years of reporting around the world, Suketu subjects the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash to withering scrutiny. He feels the West is being destroyed not by immigrants but by the fear of immigrants.
As civil strife and climate change reshape large parts of the planet, it is little surprise that borders have become so porous. But Suketu also stresses the destructive legacies of colonialism and global inequality on large swaths of the world: When today’s immigrants are asked, “Why are you here?” they can justly respond, “We are here because you were there.” And now that they are here, Mehta argues that immigrants bring great benefits, enabling countries and communities to flourish.
Join CIIS professor Jyoti Rao for a conversation with Suketu about his new book This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto—a juxtaposition of the phony narratives found in populist ideologies with the ordinary heroism of laborers, nannies, and others, from Dubai to Queens.
Suketu Mehta is the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among others. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time, and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered. He lives in New York City, where he is an associate professor of journalism at New York University.
Jyoti Rao joined CIIS core faculty in 2016 after teaching in ICP as a member of the adjunct faculty. An experienced clinician, supervisor, and instructor, she holds degrees from the California Institute of Integral Studies (MA) and the University of California at Berkeley (BA), and postgraduate training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a Member-At-Large of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society.
She teaches The Clinical Relationship, Multicultural Counseling, Psychodynamics, Psychopathology, and Trauma. In addition to her classroom teaching, she is the Intern Program Director at the Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street, and regularly conducts training there on topics such as "The Inner Life of The Therapist," "Therapeutic Listening," and "Holding and The Therapeutic Relationship."
Her research interests include contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice; applied psychoanalysis; psychoanalytic formulations of oppression and marginalization, especially among communities of color; the social unconscious; intergenerational transmission of trauma; clinical work with adult children of immigrants; as well as psychological dimensions of sacred musical traditions.