Jared Diamond

April 2, 2015

Co-sponsored with the Humanities Institute and the Inter-Professional Council

The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

Dr. Jared Diamond is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse. In The World Until Yesterday, Diamond compares life in modern, industrialized societies with traditional ways of life and argues that traditional societies have much to teach us about conflict resolution, care of elders and children, risk management, multilingualism, and nutrition.

Currently a professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, Jared Diamond began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. Dr. Diamond has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical society, has published more than six hundred articles, and has received some of the world’s most prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Genius Grant and the National Medal of Science.