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History Series: “Sailing Around the World with Magellan" by Laurence Bergreen

Thursday, September 27 2018
7:30PM - 9:00PM

History Series: “Sailing Around the World with Magellan
Salisbury House & Gardens
4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312
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Salisbury House Foundation    515-274-1777
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Laurence Bergreen is an award-winning biographer, historian, and chronicler of exploration. His books have been translated into 25 languages worldwide. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, was published to international acclaim.
A New York Times “Notable Book” for 2003, this book was awarded the Medalla de Honor by the Asociación de Alcades de V Centenario (Spain), 2010. It is also in development as a motion picture and is now in its 28th printing.

Laurence Bergreen’s lecture is very timely as the 500th anniversary of his circumnavigation is coming up in September 2019.  Laurence retraced some of Magellan’s route when researching the book, especially the Strait of Magellan.  

In addition, Mr. Bergreen has written for many national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Details, Prologue, The Chicago Tribune and Military History Quarterly. He has taught at the New School for Social Research and served as Assistant to the President of the Museum of Television and Radio (now the Paley Center for Media) in New York. In 1995, he served as a judge for the National Book Awards and in 1991 as a judge for the PEN/Albrand Nonfiction Award. A frequent lecturer at major universities and symposiums, and aboard cruise ships, he has served as a Featured Historian for the History Channel.

Mr. Bergreen graduated from Harvard University in 1972. He is a member of PEN American Center, The Explorers Club, the Cosmos Club, the Harvard Club, the Authors Guild, the Harvard University Library Advisory Committee, the Century Association, and the Board of Trustees of the New York Society Library. He lives in New York City.


The History Series at Salisbury House is made possible by the following:


Presenting Sponsors

Pamela Bass-Bookey & Harry Bookey

Charlotte & Fred Hubbell

Supporting Sponsors

Liz & Rick Neumann