Join Us for An Interactive Discussion with Acclaimed Author Pico Iyer (2/26/15 @ 3pm)

Chapman University and Orange High School Literacies Partnership invite you to an interactive discussion with acclaimed author Pico Iyer!

*photo credit Marisa Vega

Thursday, February 26 @ 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Panther Productions | 633 West Palm Orange, CA 92866

Pico Iyer, is a British born essayist and author of Indian origin. His works travel the globe to see what happens when cultures converge and combine and exploring the idea of a “global soul”.

Pico will discuss what it is to belong, or to feel like we don’t belong ‘here’. The sense of belonging is part of who we are, it comes from inside of us and is also imposed on us. We hear it from our family and friends, the media, school government; it is how we make sense of the world and our place in it. The idea of belonging is never simple and it isn’t stable either- we may have a sense of our identity at a certain age or space, and then not have those same feelings as we get older or move around. What is important is to recognize that these feelings of belonging or not belonging are equally valid and insightful.

This will be an interactive talk about how to engage in these feelings and ideas and turn them into something powerful and useful. We will also touch on films, novels plays and other forms as we engage in this topic.

We would like to invite you to submit any questions you might want to ask Pico anonymously through the link below. These can be questions about identity, writing technique, culture, travel, pop culture, etc. The discussion will be followed by a short reception where you will have opportunity to meet Pico Iyer and the dean of Wilkinson College. We look forward to seeing you soon!



Click here for campus map – please arrive by 3:00 p.m. to be seated in the studio. The talk will be recorded and everyone must be seated at 3:00.

 Pico Iyer’s Ted Talk on “The Art of Stillness”

Virginia Woolf on Keeping a Notebook (via

“The habit of writing thus for my own eye only is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.”

– Virginia Woolf

Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry, 1917, via Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry, 1917, via Wikimedia Commons

Maria Popova at has put together a great selection of Virginia Woolf’s thoughts on the creative benefits of keeping a journal. Woolf herself did not begin keeping a journal until 1915 at age 33, but left behind 26 volumes when she died in 1941. Like the notebooks you carry with you during our workshops, Woolf’s diaries provided her a place for collecting ideas, research, and creative processes.

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Head over to Popova’s for more!