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DATE: November 3, 2010 2:50:55 AM PDT
John De Graaf to Speak at WWU's Fall Quarter Community Global Health and Social Justice Lecture Nov. 17

Contact: Liz Mogford, Western Washingotn University assistant professor of Sociology, (360) 650-3002 or liz.mogford@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – Author and documentary filmmaker John de Graaf will present “The Politics of Happiness, Work-time and Sustainability”  at Western Washington University’s Fall Quarter Community Global Health and Social Justice Lecture, from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center Room A.

The event is free and open to the public.

De Graaf’s presentation will address the science of happiness and whether social connection is more important than economic growth in creating happy and healthy societies. De Graaf suggests reduced work-time is the key to improving happiness, ending unemployment and passing on a health planet to future generations. De Graaf will discuss a new Seattle area happiness initiative, similar efforts in Victoria, British Columbia and the possibility of applying it to Bellingham. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions.

De Graaf, a Seattle resident, is the co-author of “Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic,” and national coordinator of Take Back Your Time, an initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that can threaten health.

The event is sponsored by WWU’s Critical Junctures Institute and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. De Graaf will speak at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center Room A, 3333 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham. Free parking is available in front of the building; for more information, contact Liz Mogford at (360) 650-3002 or liz.mogford@wwu.edu.

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