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2009 Solanki Lecture



In Sping 2009 the Yadunandan Center for India Studies hosted the Annual Solanki Lecture with our honored guest, renowned journalist and travel writer Pico Iyer, who spoke on his recent publication entitled The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, as well as presenting some of his own ideas concerning this year’s lecture topic on “Our Global Century and Its New Possibilities.” The event was held in the Karl Anotol Centre on the CSULB campus on April 16th, 2009 from 6pm – 9pm. The Yadunandan Center is truly grateful for Mr. Iyer’s willingness to present his work and speak on behalf of the Annual Solanki Lecture.


Click here to view the video footage of Pico Iyer’s speech



An image of the Flyer used for the 20009 Anual Solanki Lecture

Gerry Riposa, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at CSULB, delivered the introduction to the lecture

Dr Frederick Wegener, Professor of English at CSULB and friend of the author’s from their college days adds his own introduction to Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer delivering his speech on his work entitled The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Dalai Lama

Yadunandan Center for India Studies Founding Donor Uka Solanki with Honored Guest Pico Iyer

Yadunandan Center for India Studies Interim Director Bipasha Baruah and Founding Donor Uka Solanki presented Honored Guest Pico Iyer with a gift following his


Special Guest author Pico Iyer graciously and patiently stayed after his lecture to sign copies of his book

Special Guest author Pico Iyer signing a copy of his latest work amidst along line of admirers and well-wishers.


Event News spotlight: “Pico Iyer’s Lecture Captivates at CSULB”