How did Jean Monnet, an entrepreneurial internationalist who never held an elective office, never joined a political party, and never developed any significant popular following in his native France, become one of the most influential European statesmen of the twentieth century? How did he conceive of, and become instrumental in achieving, European integration?

Sherrill Brown Wells, professorial lecturer in history and international affairs at The George Washington University will discuss her latest book, a political biography, entitled Jean Monnet: Unconventional Statesman which addresses these questions and sheds light on the role of European and American leaders in establishing peace in war-ravaged Europe in the aftermath of World War II.

Joining Wells on the panel is Thomas Alan Schwartz, professor of history at Vanderbilt University.

Christian F. Ostermann, director of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and European Studies will chair the event.