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Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond
Physiology, UCLA School of Medicine and author of Guns, Germs, and Steel

"Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies"
Humanities Lecture Series

Thu., Oct. 24, 2002, 7:30pm
Location: Lied Center, University of Kansas
Jared Diamond, professor of physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997). This book won Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize. In addition, it is a selection of The Book of the Month Club, The Quality Paperback Book Club, and The History Book Club. It received the Phi Beta Kappa Book Prize as the best science book of 1997.

"I've set myself the modest task of trying to explain the broad pattern of human history, on all the continents, for the last 13,000 years. Why did history take such different evolutionary courses for peoples of different continents? This problem has fascinated me for a long time, but it's now ripe for a new synthesis because of recent advances in many fields seemingly remote from history, including molecular biology, plant and animal genetics and biogeography, archaeology, and linguistics." -Jared Diamond

Diamond is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship ("Genius Award"); research prizes of the American Physiological Society, National Geographic Society, and Zoological Society of San Diego; and many teaching awards and endowed public lectureships.

In addition, he has been elected a member of all three of the leading national scientific/academic honorary societies (National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society).

His field of experience includes 17 expeditions to New Guinea and neighboring islands, to study ecology and evolution of birds; rediscovery of New Guinea's long-lost goldenfronted bowerbird; and other field projects in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. As a conservationist, he devised a comprehensive plan, almost all of which was subsequently implemented, for Indonesian New Guinea's national park system; numerous field projects for the Indonesian government and World Wildlife Fund; he is a founding member of the board of the Society of Conservation Biology; and a member of the Board of Directors of World Wildlife Fund/USA.


This event is free and open to the public.

October 24, 2002
7:30 p.m.
Lied Center, University of Kansas


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