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ODU President’s Lecture Series to Feature Noted Author Charles Mann

Award-winning author Charles C. Mann covers the intersection of science, technology and commerce for a slate of popular publications that include The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Wired and the Atlantic Monthly, among others. On Oct. 8 he will visit Old Dominion University to deliver a President's Lecture Series address titled "1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created."

Mann is the author of The New York Times Best Seller "1493" and "1491," an earlier book that won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Keck Award.

The 7:30 p.m. lecture will be presented at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. It is free and open to the public.

Mann is co-author of "The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in 20th-Century Physics"; "The Aspirin Wars: Money, Medicine, and 100 Years of Rampant Competition"; "Noah's Choice: The Future of Endangered Species"; and "@ Large: The Strange Case of the Internet's Biggest Invasion." He has also written for HBO and the television show "Law and Order," and was the text editorial coordinator for the internationally bestselling photographic project "Hungry Planet."

A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, Mann has received writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For more information about the lecture, or to RSVP for this event, visit the ODU university events website. Event code: CML13.

The ODU President's Lecture Series features fascinating personalities who share their knowledge, experience, opinions and accomplishments. Discussing timely topics, the series puts diversity first, offering an international lineup of authors and educators, business innovators and political figures.

Past speakers have included: Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a globally recognized psychosexual therapist; Dr. Patch Adams, the physician and professional clown who was immortalized on film by actor Robin Williams; Oscar Arias, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of Costa Rica; actress and humanitarian Mia Farrow; Jean-Michel Cousteau, marine explorer, environmental activist, educator and filmmaker; U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark; and Janet Reno, former U.S. attorney general.

Other upcoming President's Lecture Series speakers include:

  • David W. Titley - Oct. 30, 2013: Access EU Sea Level Rise Conference; Ted Constant Center
  • Sal Giunta - Nov. 14, 2013; Ted Constant Center
  • Robert M. Edsel - Feb. 20, 2014: Marc and Connie Jacobson Wallenberg Humanitarian Speaker; Webb University Center
  • Christine Brennan - March 6, 2014; Webb University Center
  • Mark W. Moffett - March 20, 2014: Lytton J. Musselman Natural History Lecture; Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center
  • Jose Antonio Vargas - April 8, 2014; Webb University Center

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