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AU's Intercultural Management Institute hosts book launch and discussion

WHAT: Book launch and discussion for America’s Mid-Life Crisis and Travel Wise

WHO: Ray S. Leki, author of Travel Wise: How to be Safe, Savvy and Secure Abroad 

         Gary R. Weaver and Adam Mendelson, coauthors of America’s Mid-Life Crisis:               The Future of a Troubled Superpower

WHEN: 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23

WHERE: Mary Graydon Center Room 200, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
MEDIA: Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University’s Intercultural Management Institute will host a book launch and discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, for two new books by professors in AU’s School of International Service—Travel Wise by Ray S. Leki, and America’s Mid-Life Crisis, cowritten by Gary R. Weaver and Adam Mendelson.

In Travel Wise, Leki presents a model that provides important details and strategies for students, diplomats and businesspeople who plan on embarking on international travel. Travel Wise offers the reader insight and practical advice that will help them adopt the right attitude, training, and approach for a successful trip.

America’s Mid-Life Crisis probes the history and culture of America at a crucial point in its development. An examination of the Republic’s conflicts since its founding, America’s Mid-Life Crisis captures the values, beliefs, and behavior of an increasingly complex society struggling to take its place in the new world order.

Leki, an adjunct professor in AU’s School of International Service (SIS), has worked for the Peace Corps for many years. He is a government trainer and helps prepare diplomats, as well as their families, for life overseas.

Weaver is executive director of the Intercultural Management Institute and has taught in SIS for four decades. Coauthor Mendelson is managing editor of the Middle East Journal and serves on the editorial review board of Intercultural Management Quarterly.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.