Lisa Napoli, author of Radio Shangri-La
Napoli, author of the best-selling memoir Radio
Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth will
speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a tiny
Buddhist nation located in the Himalayas. Napoli, a public radio journalist
living in Los Angeles, was invited to start a radio station in the formerly
media-free country in 2007.
Modern inventions such as roads,
electricity, and hard currency came very late to Bhutan. Television was first
allowed in 1999, and foreigners were only allowed to visit shortly before that.
Despite not having certain things
people in other countries would consider crucial, Bhutan always ranked very
high on various media lists that measure happiness. The nation has had a
long-standing commitment to “Gross National Happiness,” of which key components
are balance, wellness, environmental preservation, and trust in government
Napoli received what she described
as a “crash course in happiness” during her visit to Bhutan. Her presentation
will include stories and photographs from this little-known country as she
discusses the concept of “Gross National Happiness.”
This presentation is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in
Leadership Spring Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.