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Past Event

Aarti Shahani and DJ Patil: First Gen and Proud

Award-winning NPR journalist and author Aarti Shahani and America's First Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil point out that the immigrant has become an object of distrust, scorn and even hatred. Yet they also say that for many immigrants, including both of them, this identity is a source of profound pride. They further say that immigrants are proud to have crossed borders and built homes (even in places that didn’t want them).

Join these prominent first-generation Americans as they celebrate and interrogate the migrant journey. Both have a strong sense of humor, and the evening will also include a few surprise cameos.


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Part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

October 8, 2020

United States

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Aarti Shahani
Journalist, National Public Radio; Author, American Dreams, American Nightmares
Image - DJ Patil
In Conversation with DJ Patil
Ph.D., Former U.S. Chief Data Scientist; Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

6–7 p.m. (Pacific Time) program