Purvi Shah & Sejal Shah—October 15-17, 2007

Purvi Shah, executive director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a community-based anti-domestic violence organization and Sejal Shah, poet and writer will address the idea of what it means to be a South Asian American in the U.S. In “Journeys of Faith: Migration and Writing for Change”, the Shahs will outline how place, memory and travel can serve as vectors of reflection and change: through the act of writing itself, one can re-cast the world.

Purvi Shah, in her role as executive director at Sakhi, provides oversight and governance to direct Sakhi’s vision and programming to end domestic violence in the South Asian community. She is the author of Terrain Tracks, a collection of poetry charting out observations on migration and belonging.

Sejal Shah is a fiction writer, poet, and teacher of writing. She is Assistant Professor of English at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She is currently working on a collection of short stories, Ithaca Is Never Far, as well as a series of nonfiction personal essays. Ms. Shah served as a CSMP Fellow/writer in residence at Luther College in 2004-2005.  


Monday, October 15
5:30 p.m.: Dinner with Asian and Women's Studies students

Tuesday, October 16
Classroom visits

Wednesday, October 17
10:30 a.m.: Speak in Daily Chapel, Center for Faith & Life
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch with writing tutors and students interested in writing, Nansen room in Dahl Centennial Union
7:00 p.m.; Public reading/lecture Journeys of Faith: Migration and Writing for Change, CRH, book signing following for Purvi’s Terrain Tracks