Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond: The World Until Yesterday | April 23, 2015

The EWU President's Forum for Critical Thought is a lecture series presented by the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation.

The World Until Yesterday

Thursday, April 23, 2015
1 p.m., Showalter Auditorium, EWU
7 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Spokane

Speaking about his book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, Jared Diamond provides a 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. He doesn't romanticize traditional societies but he finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk and physical fitness have much to teach us. Focusing on how we can improve contemporary society by learning lessons from the past, Diamond's message is both urgent and persuasive: With some thought and effort, we can have the best of both worlds.

This is Diamond's most personal speech to date, as 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. A characteristically provocative, enlightening and entertaining talk, The World Until Yesterday is essential and delightful for all audiences.

Currently a professor of Geography at UCLA, Jared Diamond has received some of the world's most prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Genius Grant, the Dickson Prize in Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the National Medal of Science, America's highest civilian award in science.

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