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Capital Region Author Annu Subramanian Will Launch New Work of Fiction, Another Heaven, at Panel Discussion on Human Rights, Trafficking and Terrorism
Local Activists and Educators Discuss What the Community can do to Help Victims of Human Rights Violations Locally and Abroad
May 2013 (SCHENECTADY, N.Y.) – Annu Subramanian, Director of the Writing Center at Brown School in Schenectady and co-founder of the Albany Women Connection, is launching her latest novel, Another Heaven. Published by Apprentice House, the work of fiction delves into issues of human trafficking, terrorism and human rights abuse. Subramanian said, “Another Heaven takes its readers to various vignettes—missions that involve human trafficking, missionaries who are subjected to lifelong servitude or terminal missions, and ordinary humans who are extraordinarily affected by one man’s destructive decisions.”
Kevin Atticks, Affiliate Professor of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and Publisher at Apprentice House said, “We are excited about the launch of Ms. Subramanian’s new book, Another Heaven. She helps to shed light on human rights abuse through this well-written and thoughtfully developed story. Another Heaven is not merely another novel; it is a vehicle for Ms. Subramanian to bring greater awareness to an important cause. We are proud to be associated with her and her work.”
Subramanian explained why she has organized a panel discussion on human rights as a launch for her new novel. Subramanian said, “To bring about effective changes, we first need to urge the community to remember that human rights abuse is not just a global concern. It can affect us here in our own community as well.” That is why Subramanian and the Albany Women Connection are bringing thought leaders and community activists together to discuss these issues. Over 200 people are expected to attend the event that is being held on May 22, 2013 at The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany, NY.
The panel discussion is being moderated by Dr. Rudy Nydegger, Chief of the Division of Psychology at Ellis Hospital and Professor of Psychology and Management at Union College and Union Graduate College. After reading Annu Subramanian’s novel, Dr. Nydegger said, “Ms. Subramanian has a grasp of the complexity and depth of issues related to human trafficking and terrorism. Her novel is compellingly and artfully written. I am excited that Ms. Subramanian has taken the steps to bring these issues to the forefront, and I am honored to lead this panel of distinguished educators and community volunteers in a thoughtful discussion on human rights.”
Each member of the panel will be discussing human rights abuses from their area of expertise. Alexandra Harrington, Visiting Professor from Albany Law School said, “This is a unique opportunity to discuss the legal ramifications of human trafficking and human rights abuse with the community in a way that highlights the many layers of society that are impacted. I applaud Ms. Subramanian’s efforts in bringing these issues to the forefront of public awareness.”
Other members of the panel include: Suvarna Cherukuri, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at Siena College, Aliya Saeed MD of Psychiatry, Doreen Glynn, CSJ, Justice Coordinator at Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Ruchika Jaggi, Community Volunteer.
The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Registration is required and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis: http://humanrightsdiscussion.eventbrite.com
Annu Subramanian is donating proceeds from her novel to Apne Aap, an organization that helps marginalized women and girls in India work collectively to lift themselves out of the sex industry, as well as to advocate for policy change to stem the demand for purchased sex. More information about Apne Aap can be found at: http://www.apneaap.org.
About Annu Subramanian
Annu Subramanian graduated from Union college in 2004, with a Master of Arts in Teaching. Keeping with her goal to write for a cause, Subramanian has written her second novel, Another Heaven. The novel, which aims to call for a bold campaign against a system that systematically demolishes humanity, addresses the horrors of human trafficking and terrorism.
Subramanian is the director of The Writing Center at Brown School in Schenectady, New York. She has co-founded Albany Women Connection, a support group in Albany, New York. She was chosen as one of the four national finalists by Norman Mailer Center in 2011 for So Fair and Very Lovely, a short story, and she was chosen as an “Educator of Excellence” in 2011 by New York State English Council (NYSEC). She is using her debut novel, Waiting for the Perfect Dawn, to bring awareness about suppression of women and domestic violence. Her career as an author began at Union College, when she created this novel as a thesis for her Master’s program.
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