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The Purpose of Past Tense: Pico Iyer

April 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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A live recording of our educational podcast The Purpose of Past Tense with Pico Iyer. This program is themed on The Art of Stillness.

Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and ten works of non-fiction, on subjects ranging from the Cuban Revolution to Islamic mysticism, from stillness to travel, and from forgotten nations of the world to the 21st century global order. An essayist for Time since 1986, he is a constant contributor to The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s and more than 200 other newspapers and magazines worldwide, and he has published introductions to almost 60 other works.

His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and both his 2008 meditation on the XIVth Dalai Lama, The Open Road, and his TED Book, The Art of Stillness, were national best-sellers. They have also made him a Guggenheim Fellow, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Between 2012 and 2016, Pico Iyer delivered three talks for ted.com, and between them they have received more than 6 million views. He has been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, twice, and has lectured everywhere from West Point to Stanford, Shanghai to Bogota. In the past two years he has been featured in program-length interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Krista Tippett, NHK World and others, to add to the dozen television programs he’s done with longtime Chapman President Jim Doti.

Born in Oxford, England, in 1957, to parents from India, he was educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard. Since 2012 he’s been a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman.

This event is co-hosted by Tabula Poetica and the Office of the President of Chapman University; see more at www.chapman.edu/poetry.


A creative podcast dedicated to commitment and accomplishment. Focused on that moment when an idea becomes a success story, we ask innovative entrepreneurs to detail their journey from concept through completion. This collection of short and informal conversations help to define the importance of what’s next.

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April 17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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