April 2: Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond to speak on ‘The World Until Yesterday’

Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel, presents a lecture based on his new book The World Until Yesterday at 6:30 p.m. on April 2 in the Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, 1739 N. High St., in Columbus. His lecture is part of the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program. (Diamond earned the Wolf Prize in Agriculture in 2013. CFAES’s Linda Saif won the same award just this year.)

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. The World Until Yesterday debuted in the top three of the New York Times bestseller list.

With a unique blend of anthropology, sociology and evolutionary biology, Diamond depicts a way of life that is startlingly different from the way we live today. 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.—Humanities Institute, Ohio State