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Performing Arts: Discussion

Jared Diamond in conversation w/ Roy Eisenhardt


Thursday Jan 24, 2013 (7:30pm)


Herbst Theatre

401 Van Ness Ave



$22 - 27

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The work of Jared Diamond would have been impossible 50 years ago. Only in a world where a student can learn previously disparate disciplines together while traveling the world with all the scientific prowess that modern geology and evolutionary biology have to offer, could a vision of such scope and breadth of content ever be given a sensible voice in the way that Diamond's masterpiece Guns, Germs, and Steel has done. In it, Diamond abolishes for good any argument that racial superiority could be responsible for the haves and have-nots in the world, and, in the meantime, gives an understandable account of the entire history of all humankind. He also shows how civilizations collapse and how to stop it in the future, and he knows a whole lot about sex. You may just enjoy hearing what he has to say.

Joshua Wyatt, Flavorpill

City Arts & Lectures says…

Jared Diamond is a devoted conservationist, a professor of geography at UCLA, and the celebrated author of Why is Sex Fun?, The Third Chimpanzee, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, and Guns, Germs, and Steel, winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. In his forthcoming book, The World Until Yesterday, Diamond draws on his own four decades of fieldwork in New Guinea and adjacent Pacific islands.