Jared Diamond, one of America’s most celebrated scholars, is visiting Stevens on Jan. 18, 2013 to discuss his upcoming book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? at the Deans' Seminar Series.
Diamond is one of the world’s most prominent scientists and thinkers. Trained at Harvard and the University of Cambridge, he is currently professor of geography at UCLA. Among his numerous awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Japan’s Cosmos Prize, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by the Rockefeller University. A member of both the national Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and author of more than two hundred articles, Diamond’s previous books include Why is Sex Fun?, The Third Chimpanzee, Collapse, and the New York Times bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
In The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, Diamond draws extensively from his study of traditional cultures from around the globe as he paints a picture of the human past–one that has largely vanished. Diamond then considers what the differences between past and present mean for our lives today, as we move ever more rapidly toward industrialization, modernization, and technological innovation. With his unique blend of anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary biology, Diamond shows how we might improve contemporary society by learning from the past, and contends there is still time for us to have the best of both worlds. Diamond’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a book-signing.
The Deans' Seminar Series featuring Diamond will be held in DeBaun Auditorium at Stevens. It is free and open to all Stevens Faculty, Students, Staff and the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Stevens Center for Science Writings at the College of Arts and Letters.