Academic Festival X kicks off on Thursday, September 28, 2017, with a presentation by best-selling author/journalist Charles Mann. Mann is the author of 1491, a nationally acclaimed history of the Americas before Columbus that received the National Academy of Science's Keck Award for Best Book of the Year. Mann’s follow-up, 1493, covers the global effects of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. As a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and Science, Mann has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad, including Bioscience, Fortune, Geo, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Paris-Match, Smithsonian, Der Stern, Technology Review, The Washington Post, and Wired.
He is the co-author of four other books, among them The Second Creation (a history of particle physics) and Noah’s Choice (a study of biodiversity). A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, Mann has received writing prizes from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Margaret Sanger Foundation. In 2008 the American Geographical Society named him an Honorary Geographer.
Mann will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre on the Cameron campus.