Making It Here

When: Wednesday, May 10, 7:00pm
Price: $20 and up | $15 for Museum members
Image Credit: Vincent Remini

In this installment of our Only in New York serieshost Sarah Maslin Nir talks with Julissa Arce, an undocumented immigrant who became a Wall Street executive, and AJ Gogia, the "taxi guru" of Little India, Queens, about opportunity, struggle, and success. 

Only in New York with Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir is a conversation series bringing together two distinctive New Yorkers from different worlds to explore key questions about the city’s identity, culture, and history -- glass of wine in hand.

Reception to follow the program. 

Please note that the start time of this program has changed from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
6:30 pm
: Doors to the auditorium, Ronay Menschel Hall, on the Museum's Ground Floor open
7:00 pm: The program begins
8:15 - 8:45 pm: Join us for a reception following the event in the Museum's Rotunda

About the Speakers
Julissa Arce
 made headlines when she revealed that she had risen to become an account executive at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street while undocumented. Now, she is a leading voice in the fight for immigrant rights and education equality, co-founder of the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF), and author of the memoir My (Underground) American Dream.

AJ Gogia is known as the “taxi guru” of Little India (Jackson Heights), Queens. Gogia immigrated to New York from India as a teenager and drove a cab while training to be a teacher at Hunter College. For over 20 years now, he has been teaching would-be taxi drivers hoping to pass the Taxi and Limousine Commission's test for a yellow cab license.

Sarah Maslin Nir is a native New Yorker and a reporter for The New York Times best known for her report on the working conditions of nail salon workers, for which she was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of the Brearley School, Columbia University, and the Columbia University School of Journalism, where she received her masters, she was also The New York Times' nightlife correspondent, covering 252 parties in 18 months. She once had an audience with the Queen of Spain, though she failed to realize it at the time. 

$25 for adults | $20 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $15 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission.

Watch this trailer to see other upcoming events in this series

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Special thanks to CUNY Citizenship Now! and The New School Urban Studies Program.

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