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Lisa Napoli, author of Radio Shangri-La

Lisa 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 Main Theatre.

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 leaders.

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.

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