The Stevens Deans' Seminar Series - "What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?"

Friday, January 18, 2013 ( 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm )

Location: DeBaun Auditorium, Stevens Institute of Technology

Contact: 
John Horgan (jhorgan@stevens.edu)

The Stevens Deans' Seminar Series
"What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?"
A talk by global thinker and bestselling author Jared Diamond
Friday, January 18, 2013, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
DeBaun Auditorium, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey 


Jared Diamond is one of the world's most prominent scientists and thinkers. The polymathic author of international bestsellers such as Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel, Diamond probes human history and pre-history for insights that can help us understand our present.

Trained at Harvard and the University of Cambridge, Diamond began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography, and he is now a professor of geography at UCLA. Among his many awards are the Pulitzer Prize, National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Diamond is visiting Stevens to talk about his upcoming book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? In Diamond’s most personal book to date, he draws extensively from his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people, and others. The book provides a mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years—a past that has mostly vanished—and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today. Diamond's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a book-signing.

This event is co-sponsored by the Stevens Center for Science Writings and the College of Arts & Letters and the Stevens Deans' Distinguished Lecture Series. For more information contact John Horgan, Director of the Center for Science Writings, jhorgan@stevens.edu