Jared Diamond, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor of geography at UCLA, will discuss his writings on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. in 140 Joseph Smith Building on the Brigham Young University campus.
"Why did history take such different evolutionary courses for peoples of different continents?" Diamond asks, a question he attempts to answer in "Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies." It is the Book of the Semester at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, which is hosting Diamond's lecture in conjunction with International Education Week at BYU.
Faculty, students and the community are invited to this discussion of Diamond's synthesis of 13,000 years of history that is guided by advances in several disciplines: molecular biology, plant and animal genetics and biogeography, archaeology and linguistics.
Diamond is a physiologist, evolutionary biologist and biogeographer; and he has also been a medical researcher and professor of physiology.
For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652.
Writer: Lee Simons