Eric Weiner, an award-winning national and international correspondent, will speak on his book “The Geography of Bliss” as part of a lecture series at Santa Monica College Thursday, March 1.

Weiner will give free lectures at 11:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Humanities and Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

“The Geography of Bliss” is the account of one man’s journey across the globe to find the key to happiness in places as far flung as Iceland and Bhutan, Switzerland and Thailand, the Netherlands and Qatar. It is also the official SMC Global Citizenship Initiative-adopted nonfiction “campus read” for 2011-12.

“Eric Weiner’s talks fit beautifully with SMC’s global citizenship theme this year of ‘Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness,’ so we’re excited to have him come to campus,” said geography professor Pete Morris, co-chair of the college’s Global Citizenship Council. “Mr. Weiner’s travelogue through nearly a dozen countries is humorous and engaging, and it gets to the heart of the humanity’s universal longing for bliss, but also the variety of ways we define and pursue such happiness.”

Weiner has spent many years as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio in such nations as India, Israel and Japan. Over the years, he reported from more than 30 countries, ranging from Algeria to Indonesia.

He also served as an NPR correspondent in New York, Miami and Washington, D.C. and was part of a team of NPR reporters that won a Peabody award for a series of investigative reports about the U.S. tobacco industry.

A former New York Times reporter, he writes commentary and essays that appear in the Los Angeles Times, Slate and The New Republic, among other publications. He also writes regularly for a new travel magazine called AFAR.

His appearance at SMC is sponsored by the SMC Associates, a private group that funds speakers and special programs on campus, and the SMC Global Citizenship Council.

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