News from the Bush School

Change of Venue for the Humprhys International Speakers Program Featuring James Mann

February 16, 2010

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs will host James Mann, internationally renowned author and reporter for the Lenore and Francis Humphrys International Speakers Program, sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.  The program has been moved to the George Bush Library and Museum Orientation Theater, but will still begin at 5:30 on February 25, 2010. 

The Lenore and Francis Humphrys International Speakers Program brings to the George Bush Presidential Library Center and the campus of Texas A&M University world leaders, current and past practitioners, and renowned international affairs scholars. The purpose of the program is to bring to public attention relevant international issues that face the United States and to provide a dialogue in search of solutions for the promotion of world peace and stability. The program is especially geared towards students who will have the opportunity to augment their academic experience by exposing them to important international issues. In addition, it presents students the opportunity to build on their classroom experience through interaction with world leaders and others who shape international events. The program features two lectures per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. It is sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.

James Mann, an author and journalist, writes books about American foreign policy. Since 2004, he has served as author-in-residence at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins School of International Studies.  For more than 20 years before that, he was a reporter and foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, where he served as Supreme Court correspondent, Beijing bureau chief and foreign affairs columnist.  Earlier in his career, he also worked for The Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His newspaper work was awarded the National Press Club Edwin M. Hood Award for diplomatic correspondence in 1993 and 1999, and the Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting in 1999. 

Mann’s first book was Beijing Jeep (1989), which Fortune magazine has since put on its list of 75 “all-time best” books for business readers. His next book, About Face (1999), a history of America’s modern relations with China, won the New York Public Library’s award for best book of the year and the Asia-Pacific award for best book about Asia. In 2004, Mann’s book Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet became a New York Times best seller and was selected as one of the top three books of the year by the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Book Prize. His most recent books are The China Fantasy (2007) and The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan (2009). Each book was listed by The Washington Post as among the best books of the year. Mann has been a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He has a B.A. from Harvard College. 

The Humphrys International Speakers Program is a ticketed event.  Please do not bring backpacks, bags, cameras, or other personal belongings.  Free tickets are available at the Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau, KBTX-TV, The Bryan/College Station Eagle, the Texas A&M University MSC Box Office, and the Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library.  For more information, call 979-845-1540.