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Honors Colloquium

Fall 2008 Honors Colloquium

Award-winning author to discuss ‘Americas Before Columbus’ in URI Honors Colloquium lecture, Oct. 7

Michael MannCharles Mann, journalist and author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, will discuss how humans transformed the New World before the arrival of Europeans as part of the University of Rhode Island’s annual fall Honors Colloquium.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on URI’s Kingston Campus.

The 2008 Honors Colloquium, “People and Planet: Global Environmental Change,” explores human-caused global change, its consequences and potential responses through a series of lectures, films, exhibits and a cabaret. Weekly events run through Dec. 9.

A correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science and Wired, Mann has written about the intersection of science, technology and commerce for many newspapers and magazines, including Forbes, Smithsonian, Paris-Match and The Washington Post.

Mann’s book, 1491, won a National Academy of Sciences’ award as the best book of the year. “In a riveting and fast-paced history, massing archeological, anthropological, scientific and literary evidence, Mann debunks much of what we thought we knew about pre-Columbian America,” according to Publishers Weekly. The Miami Herald called it “engagingly written and utterly absorbing... part detective story, part epic and part tragedy.”

A three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, Mann has received writing prizes from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has co-written four other books, including The Aspirin Wars: Money, Medicine and 100 Years of Rampant Competition, and Noah’s Choice: The Future of Endangered Species. He has also written for CD-ROMs, HBO and the television program Law and Order.

For background material on this lecture, click here.


Major Sponsor:

The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation

Sustaining Sponsors:

URI Office of the President; URI Honors Program; The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment; The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment.

Leadership Sponsors:

URI Graduate School of Oceanography and URI College of Arts and Sciences.


Environmental Data Center, URI Department of Natural Resources Science; R.I. Center for the Book at Providence Public Library; R.I. Office of Library and Information Services; R.I. Sea Grant College Program; U.S. E.P.A. Office of Research and Development, Atlantic Ecology Division; URI Classroom Media Services; URI Coastal Institute; URI College of Business Administration; URI College of Engineering; URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences; URI College of Human Science and Services; URI College of Nursing; URI College of Pharmacy; URI Division of Student Affairs; URI Division of University Advancement and the URI Alumni Association; URI Foundation; URI Office of the Provost; URI Office of the Vice President for Administration; URI Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology Services; URI University College.

Colloquium Coordinators:

Professor Steven D'Hondt, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Arthur Spivack, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Judith Swift, Theatre and Communication Studies.

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Tom Zorabedian at 401-874-2853 or