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CAMPUS COMMUNITY BOOK PROJECT: Eric Weiner brings his bliss to UC Davis


When Eric Weiner comes to campus next month, a lot of people will be thinking about his search for the happiest places in the world.

We have been reading about it in his book, The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, the 2009-10 Campus Community Book Project.

Weiner’s evening address on Dec. 1 closes out the project, after a quarter full of special programs and discussions on the book’s theme. In addition, the book has been included in curriculum around the campus.

But, before we get to the author’s talk, three programs remain:

Nov. 24 (postponed from an earlier date) — “Food and Happiness.” Charlotte Biltekoff, assistant professor, Food Science and Technology, and American Studies; and Carolyn de la Peña, associate professor, American Studies, and director, Humanities Institute. 1:30-3 p.m., 126 Voorhies Hall.

Nov. 30 — “The Internal Geography of Well-Being: Training Attention and Emotion Regulation Through Intensive Meditation — with Brain, Behavioral and Biochemical Evidence.” Cliff Saron, assistant research scientist, Center for Mind and Brain. Free. 12:10-1:30 p.m., Hamilton Room, Heitman Staff Learning Center (formerly the Hog Barn).

Dec. 1 — “Why Are Republicans So Happy? (and Other Tales from the Science of Happiness), a Forum@MC panel discussion with Weiner; psychology professor Robert Emmons (whose books include The Psychology of Gratitude and the forthcoming THANKS!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier); and other faculty. Free. 4-5 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Weiner’s Dec. 1 address is a ticketed event in Jackson Hall. The talk is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 p.m., with a book signing to follow. Tickets: (530) 754-2787 or (866) 754-2787, or mondaviarts.org.

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