Charles C. Mann
Charles C. Mann

Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.

Charles C. Mann, author of 1493, will be our featured speaker.

From the bestselling author of 1491 comes a deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world. Presenting the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the center of the world. In this history, Mann uncovers the germ of today’s fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars.

Praise for 1493

"Even the wisest readers will find many surprises here...Like 1491, Mann's sequel will change worldviews." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Exemplary in its union of meaningful fact with good storytelling, 1493 ranges across continents and centuries to explain how the world we inhabit came to be." —The Washington Post

“Revelatory.” —Lev Grossman, Time Magazine

About the Author

Charles C. Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post, as well as for the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. His 1491 won the National Academies Communication Award for the best book of the year.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.


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