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Future of Global/Hybrid/Japan: A Reading and Conversation with Pico Iyer

A reading by renowned travel writer Pico Iyer will be followed by an onstage interview and conversation with Professor Duncan Williams on the future of Japan.

Duncan Williams is co-director of the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture and director and associate professor in the School of Religion.

Pico Iyer was born in Oxford, England, to parents from India, grew up between England and California, and currently lives in Japan. He won a King’s Scholarship to Eton and then a Demyship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where, graduating with a Congratulatory
Double First in English, he received the highest marks of any student in the university. He went on to acquire a second master’s degree in literature at Harvard, where he taught literature and writing for two years. Iyer is the author of 10 books. His first, Video Night in Kathmandu (1988), has appeared on many lists of the top travel books of all time, and his second, The Lady and the Monk (1991), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in the category of Current Interest. His first novel, Cuba and the Night (1995), was optioned six times and then bought by Hollywood, and his book The Global Soul (2000) has inspired multimedia shows, conferences and movies around the world. In addition, he has written a film script for Miramax, initiated a lecture series at the University of Toronto, starred in a commercial on CNN, and been a fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Since 1982, Iyer has written for more than 150 magazines and newspapers around the world, from The New York Times to National Geographic. He publishes up to 100 articles a year, including regular cover stories on literature in The New York Review of Books and stories on globalism for Harper’s and on world affairs for Time. Iyer has contributed introductions to more than 35 books and seen his fiction and nonfiction translated into languages ranging from Russian to Mandarin and Portuguese to Slovenian. His 2008 work of nonfiction, The  Open Road, covering 34 years of conversations and travels with the Dalai Lama, was published in a dozen countries and was a best-seller across the U.S. Iyer’s latest book, The Man Within My Head, came out to widespread acclaim in early 2012.

Pico Iyer last visited USC in May 2011 to moderate a panel discussion titled “Secular Ethics: Origins, Elements and Their Function in Society,” during the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Book sales and signing by Pico Iyer will take place during the event.

Please RSVP to cjrc@dornsife.usc.edu.