Free tickets now available as Cameron University kicks off Academic Festival X with author Charles Mann

Cameron University will kick off its tenth Academic Festival, “American Identities in the 21st Century,” with a presentation by best-selling author and journalist Charles Mann. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the Cameron University Theatre on Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow. Tickets are required for admission and can be reserved online at Tickets will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis and can be picked up either at the Will Call window the night of the presentation or in advance from the Office of Public Affairs, Administration Building, Room 150. For ticket information, call 580-581-2211.

Charles Mann“Charles Mann will set the stage for this year’s Academic Festival with an exploration of pre- and post-Columbian America,” says John McArthur, CU President. “His findings and observations have brought a new perspective to the way we as Americans view the world. It is a pleasure to launch our tenth academic festival with a speaker of such renown.”

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.

 “American Identities in the 21st Century” will continue throughout the 2017-18 academic year. Through a series of presentations by nationally recognized speakers, Cameron will examine perspectives unique to the American identity. 

The McCasland Foundation of Duncan is the primary sponsor of “American Identities in the 21st Century.” Over the years, financial support for the Academic Festivals has come from the McCasland/Amquest Bank Endowed Chair, established by the McCasland Foundation in 1989. Additional funding for this year’s festival is provided by the Cameron University Foundation and through Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

“American Identities in the 21st Century” continues Cameron’s popular series of Academic Festivals. Cameron’s first Academic Festival, “Year of the Renaissance,” took place in 1991-92. Themes of previous Academic Festivals included cultural diversity; science and technology; bridging the millennium; globalization and the human experience; health and wellness; the country of Afghanistan and, most recently, an in-depth study of the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Office of Public Affairs at 580-581-2211 or via e-mail at



August 28, 2017