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Colby-Sawyer College to Host Documentary Filmmaker John de Graaf

NEW LONDON, N.H., March 22, 2012 — Colby-Sawyer College will host documentary filmmaker John de Graaf, co-director of the Happiness Initiative, for an engaging presentation about the project and how Colby-Sawyer students, faculty and staff can get involved. The event is free and will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Campus Center.

With more than 15 national PBS specials, John de Graaf is the co-author of the best seller Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic and the editor of Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America. John is the executive director of “Take Back Your Time” and also serves on the board of the national environmental organization, Earth Island Institute. The De Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, named for him, is presented annually at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, California. He serves as founder of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival and is currently writing a new book, What's the Economy for Anyway? He has also taught at The Evergreen State College.

Thomas Jefferson enshrined the right to the pursuit of happiness in our Declaration of Independence and held that increasing the happiness of its citizens was the only “orthodox purpose of happiness.” What if we took his words seriously? Can we even measure happiness? The Happiness Initiative engages students in a conversation about what really matters for their well-being and how to get more of what matters instead of merely more.

Learn more information here about the Happiness Initiative.

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Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire.

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