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2011 Pasquerilla Lecture

Dr. Michael Mandelbaum

Author, New York Times Best Seller

That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

Tuesday, November 15
7 p.m.
J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel


One of America's leading authorities on international affairs, Dr. Michael Mandelbaum is known for his ability to explain the meaning and consequences of complicated global developments and trends. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" in 2010. His new book, co-written with Thomas L. Friedman, is That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back and debuted at #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Library Journal called it "a book of exceptional importance" that "should be read by policy-makers and every American concerned about our country's future." 
Dr. Mandelbaum is the author or co-author of 12 books, including The Case for Goliath, Democracy's Good Name: The Rise and the Risks of the World's Most Popular Form of Government, The Fate of Nations, and The Meaning of Sports. The Frugal Superpower: America's Global Leadership in a Cash-Strapped Era, released in 2010, has been described as "a work of great clarity and elegance" by Fouad Ajami and "one of the best non-fiction books of the year" by The Financial Times. His classic book, The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century, was written "with the purpose to provide a framework for understanding all of the international issues of the 21st century, from globalization to terrorism, from Chinese succession politics to Latin American economic crises."

A former faculty member at Harvard University, Columbia University, and The United States Naval Academy, he was educated at Yale, Cambridge, and Harvard. Dr. Mandelbaum was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1986-2004 and named one of the most influential people in American foreign policy by the World Affairs Councils of America. He is presently The Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. Mandelbaum has been a guest on such programs as Charlie Rose, Face the Nation, All Things Considered, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Currently, he is working on a book on the global economy, a large portion of which will be devoted to the BRIC's --- Brazil, Russia, India, and China. 

Copies of Dr. Mandelbaum's book will be available for purchase at the event.  A reception and book signing will follow the lecture in Blackington Hall.

The Frank J. and Sylvia T. Pasquerilla Lecture Series was established in 1999 by Mark E. Pasquerilla to honor his parents.  At the announcement of this gift to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Mr. Pasquerilla said, “It is in keeping with the legacy for which my parents are known.” 

The Lecture Series, which represents all disciplines of academic study, was endowed to support speakers that are renowned for their expertise.