‘Space barons’ Musk and Bezos in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute May 7


Jeff Falk

‘Space barons’ Musk and Bezos in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute May 7

HOUSTON – (May 1, 2019) – Washington Post reporter Christian Davenport will discuss his book, “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos,” May 7 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The book is an account of the birth of a new Space Age, the personal clashes of the innovators behind it and the struggle to end governments’ monopoly on space exploration.

The event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Space Policy Program, is free and open to the public. Registration is required at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/2006.

Who: Washington Post reporter and author Christian Davenport.

George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at the Baker Institute, will give introductory remarks.

What: A discussion of Davenport’s book, “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos.”

When: Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-8 p.m. A reception will be held at 6.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Davenport is a staff writer at the Washington Post covering the defense and space industries for the financial desk. He joined the Post in 2000 and has written about the D.C.-area sniper shootings, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery.  He was on a team that won the Peabody Award in 2010 for reporting on veterans with traumatic brain injuries and has been part of teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize three times.

Davenport previously was an editor on the Post’s metro desk, overseeing coverage of local government and politics. He has also worked at Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Austin American-Statesman.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the Rice University Campus Store.

A live webcast will be available at the event page, www.bakerinstitute.org/events/2006.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.