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John W. Hessler is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas at the Library of Congress. He is the author of more than 100 articles and books and has written extensively on archaeology, cartography and the environment. His research has been featured in national media outlets such as The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Recently he was the subject of a profile in Discover Magazine. An avid mountaineer, he is a regular contributor to the climbing and exploration journal Alpinist. Hessler’s new book is “Christopher Columbus Book of Privileges: 1502, the Claiming of a New World” (Levenger Press in association with the Library of Congress). He will appear with his co-authors, Daniel De Simone and Chet Van Duzer, in the Library of Congress pavilion.