Award-winning Author Charles C. Mann to Give Earthweek Keynote Address at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 4, 2019— Journalist and author Charles C. Mann will give the Earthweek keynote address at Williams College on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium.

His talk will focus on his most recent book, The Wizard and the Prophet (2018), which details two competing theories about the future of agriculture, population, and the environment. In his book, the titular “wizard” Mann refers to is Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Peace Prize winner credited with developing the Green Revolution and saving one billion people from starvation. Mann refers to William Vogt, author of the book Road to Survival (1948 ) and an early proponent of population control and National Director of Planned Parenthood, as the “prophet.”

Mann’s book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (2006), a groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, won the National Academies Communication Award for best book of the year. He also received writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.

Mann is the co-author of four books and a contributing editor for Science, The Atlantic Monthly, and Wired. In addition, he 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.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies.


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