5:30 p.m. dinner
7:30 lecture and coffee/dessert reception
HMC is hosting the second installment of the 2008 Dr. Bruce J. Nelson ’74 Distinguished Speaker Series: a free lecture and Q&A session with Jared Diamond, to be held in Galileo Hall. There are a few seats still available at the pre-lecture dinner with Dr. Diamond, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Green Room/Platt Campus Center. If you’re interested in the dinner, please contact Valri Ulmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 621-1885 ASAP. Seats are going fast!
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Guns, Germs, and Steel” (1998)
Professor, Department of Geography, UCLA
Continuing where the first 2008 Nelson speaker Jeremy Jackson left off, Diamond will continue the theme of “Biology and the Environment: Past, Present and Future” with a discussion of his most recent work, “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.”
The ruined cities, temples and statues of history’s great, vanished societies (Easter Island, the Lowland Maya, Angkor Wat, Great Zimbabwe and many more), are the birthplace of endless romantic mysteries. But these disappearances offer more than idle conjecture: the social collapses were due in part to the types of environmental problems that beset us today. On October 23, please join us as Diamond explores why some societies thrive and prosper, while others shrivel and die.
Currently a professor of Geography at UCLA, Diamond is also the author of two other bestselling books, “The Third Chimpanzee,” and “Why Is Sex Fun?” He has received some of the world’s most prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, the Conservation medals of the Zoological Society of San Diego, and the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest civilian science award.
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