Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies will deliver the 2006 Distinguished Lecture at Case Western Reserve University. Diamond will speak about his most recent book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Wednesday, March 1, 2006 beginning at 5 p.m. in Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. The lecture is free and open to the public.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Professor Diamond to the Case campus as our 2006 Distinguished Lecturer," said Case President Edward M. Hundert, M.D. "His brilliant and thought-provoking books have received great critical and popular acclaim. The Case community eagerly anticipates his talk."
Diamond is also the author of The Third Chimpanzee, which won The Los Angeles Times Book award for the best science book of 1992 and Britain's 1992 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize; and Why is Sex Fun? He says of his work, "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."
In addition to being a renowned author, Diamond is a professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship as well as research prizes from the American Physiological Society and the National Geographic Society.
Diamond holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Diamond has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. 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.
Case inaugurated the Distinguished Lecture series in 2005 with a talk by the noted Harvard University psychologist and cognition expert Steven Pinker.
To register to attend the 2006 Distinguished Lecture please go to: http://www.case.edu/events/dls/.
For more information call: (216) 368-3836.
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