Date & Time: March 1, 2023 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Virtual

Join us for our next event in the Great Minds, Great Conversations series with Puja Shah ’03 as she discusses her debut novel, For My Sister.

Join us for a discussion with Puja Shah ’03, writer, yoga and meditation instructor, public health professional and activist, about her debut novel, For My Sister. Based on her experiences growing up in Indian culture and interviews with nonprofits serving survivors of trafficking, the story follows 16-year-old twins Amla and Asya, who are forced into sex trafficking in India. Torn oceans apart from their lives and each other, the sisters turn to the beauty of poetry and mindfulness and their deep bond as sisters for a chance at survival. Winner of the 2022 International Impact Book Award for Women’s Fiction and 2022 American Writing Award for Social Change, Shah shines a light on one of the modern world’s most ruthless industries—and the irrepressible hope, love, and courage that can arise from those trapped in it.

This discussion will be moderated by Marsha J. Tyson Darling, PhD, special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives in executive leadership at Adelphi University.

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About The Speakers

Puja Shah

Puja Shah ’03, DMD

Puja Shah is a visionary poet who shares her voice through written and spoken word, guided meditations and teaching. Born in Queens, New York, to immigrant parents, she defied teachers who questioned her English skills by winning countless poetry and short story awards in her youth. Her education at Adelphi University led her to a graduate degree in dental medicine from Tufts University and over a dozen trainings in various forms of yoga, meditation and ancient wisdom. With over 10 years of nonprofit experience and a long public health career, she has aligned with girl trafficking awareness causes for her debut novel, For My Sister.

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Marsha J. Tyson Darling, PhD

Marsha Darling

Marsha J. Tyson Darling, PhD is Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives in Executive Leadership, Professor Emerita, and Director of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center at Adelphi University. For many decades, Dr. Darling has served as a college/university faculty, a program director, and an educational consultant, specializing in curriculum review and revision, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging education for educators, administrators, civil society professionals, and project managers in the United States and abroad.

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