To inaugurate the World Monuments Fund H. Peter Stern Lecture, Pico Iyer delivers a talk entitled 'In Journeys Begin Responsibilities'. In it, he shares insights about the wonder of travel and the responsibilities that accompany it."
Pico Iyer, born in Oxford, England, in 1957 and educated at Eton, Oxford, and Harvard, is the author of two novels and eight books often found in the travel literature section of bookstores. Among his works are long-running reader favorites Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Global Soul and The Open Road (a record of his 34 years of talks and travels with the 14th Dalai Lama). His most recent book, The Man Within My Head is about Graham Greene and the conundrums of travel everywhere from Bogota to Bhutan and Bolivia to Berkhamsted.
An essayist for Time for more than 25 years, Pico Iyer also writes for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Harper’s and many others. Having spent much of the past 30 years journeying from North Korea to Ethiopia and from Yemen to Easter Island, he has written regularly for Conde Nast Traveler since its third issue, in 1987, and his pieces on travel appear often in The Financial Times, National Geographic, and Granta. A two-time Fellow of the World Economic Forum at Davos, he has also written a film-script for Miramax, helped name an internationally known soft drink, and contributed liner notes to several Leonard Cohen albums.
Pico Iyer, travel essayist and novelist, counters the argument that travel is a "passive" experience. Iyer asserts that traveling is a conversation that requires give-and-take between traveler and culture.