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An Intersectional American Family: A Conversation with Nishta Mehra

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California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street

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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 him at all costs, even as she also feels responsible for preparing them for the harsh realities of being a black in America today.

Join Nishta for a conversation 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.

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