Past/Upcoming Appearances

February 25, 2017 — Boston, MA

Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative

Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, MA

1:15 PM to 3:15 PM

“Telling Traces: Moving through the City in Literature, Film, and Art”

Panel Discussion: Suketu Mehta, Sarah Oppenheimer and Ann Hamilton, moderated by Guiliana Bruno


October 18, 2016 — New York, NY

Live from the New York Public Library

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

“Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas”

With Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Garnette Cadogan, Suketu Mehta and Luc Sante


October 7, 2016 — New York, NY

Third Annual IAAC Literary Festival: Opening Night

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

“India Today, India Tomorrow”: Member of Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor and NYTimes Award Winning Author Somini Sen Gupta

in conversation with Suketu Mehta


September 23, 2016 — Boulder, CO

Jaipur Literature Festival

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

“Walls and Bridges: The Immigrant Story” featuring Marcia Douglas, Andrew Lam, Scott Haas, Suketu Mehta and Tim Z. Hernandez, in conversation with Maina Chawla Singh


September 16, 2016 — Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Human/Ties: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities

“Being Human in a Global Age”: A Conversation with Sir Salman Rushdie and Suketu Mehta

September 16, 2016 — Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Human/Ties: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities

“Urban Flourishing”: A Panel Discussion featuring David Simon, Suketu Mehta, Phoebe Stein, and Joshua Yates


March 28, 2016 — Boston, MA

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Asian Studies Program and
the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures at Northeastern University

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Annual Hong Liu Asian Studies Lecture

“The Secret Life of Cities”


February 11, 2016 — Charlottesville, VA

Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Thriving Cities Initiative 

Lecture and Q&A session titled “The Secret Life of Cities”


December 14, 2015 — Brooklyn, NY

National Immigrant Integration Conference

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

NIIC 2015: New American Dreams: Advancing Opportunity, Equality and Justice

Plenary Speech for New York, a Historic Immigrant Gateway

December 03, 2015 — London, UK 

London School of Economics and Political Science

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

An event of the Urban Age Global Debates series hosted by Alfred Herrhausen Society and LSE Cities

“Narratives of Inclusion: Can cities help us live together?” with Richard Sennett, chaired by Tessa Jowell


November 01, 2015 — Chicago, IL

Chicago Humanities Festival

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Sanctuary

77 W Washington Street, Chicago, IL  60602

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

“Maximum City” discussion


October 23, 2015 — New York, NY

Indo-American Arts Council, Inc.

Hunter College @ Lexington Avenue and 68th Street

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

2nd Annual IAAC Literary Festival Opening Night: Salman Rushdie & Suketu Mehta in Conversation

Moderated by Amitava Kumar


October 20, 2015 — New York, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)

6:30 PM

“Great Cities and Islam: Mumbai,” hosted by Lorraine Adams


September 12, 2015 — Berlin, Germany

internationales literaturfestival berlin

6:00 PM

Omar Akbar [Germany] speaks with Suketu Mehta [India/ USA] about Maximum Cities


September 10, 2015 — Berlin, Germany

internationales literaturfestival berlin

6:00 PM

Opening of the program »Visions 2030: Authors and scientists on the future of cities

with Suketu Mehta [India/ USA], Perihan Magden [Turkey], Sonja Beeck [Germany], and Jutta Deffner [Germany]


September 4, 2015 — Banff, Canada

The Banff Centre

Rice Studio, Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Bldg.

7:30 PM

Banff Centre Talks: Suketu Mehta and John Freeman on the Writing Life 


May 14, 2015 — New York, NY

NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

20 Cooper Square

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Common in the City: A Literary Celebration

Featuring Suketu Mehta in conversation with Parul Sehgal


February 22, 2015 — Berlin, Germany


Schaubühne, Berlin [Charlottenburg]

12:00 PM

“The Secret Life of Cities,” Suketu Mehta in conversation with Carolin Emcke


October 27, 2014 — New York, NY

Columbia’s World Writers’ Festival: Writers of India

Sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Europe (Paris) and la Bibliotheque nationale de France

Miller Theatre, Columbia University

2960 Broadway at West 116th Street

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

“India Beyond Technology and Yoga: The Power of Literature in a Globalizing World”

Panel Discussion: Suketu Mehta with fellow authors Pankaj Mishra, Urvashi Butalia and Vikas Swarup

In Conversation with Vishakha Desai


October 21-23, 2014 — Cambridge, MA

Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the South Asia Institute 

Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall

48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Lecture Series by Suketu Mehta 

“Migration: Storytelling the City,” Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM 

“Alienation: The Sadness of Cities,” Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

“Community: What is the City but the People? ” Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


April 01, 2013 — New York, NY

NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

7:00 PM

“A Conversation with Gary Shteyngart,” hosted by Suketu Mehta


March 11, 2013 — New York, NY

Barnes & Noble

150 E 86th Street

7:00 PM

“Mohsin Hamid in Conversation with Suketu Mehta: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

February 21, 2013 — Salem, MA

Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square (161 Essex Street)

6:30 PM

Reading at “Hot Fusion: Explosive, Global India”


February 19, 2013 — New York, NY

New York University

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

6:00 PM

Panel Discussion for launch of Arjun Appadurai’s The Future as Cultural Fact