Popular science author Jared Diamond will speak on campus Jan. 28

Jared Diamond has written such bestsellers as “Guns, Germs and Steel,” “Collapse” and, most recently, “The World Until Yesterday.”

Jared Diamond has written such bestsellers as “Guns, Germs and Steel,” “Collapse” and, most recently, “The World Until Yesterday.”


Jared Diamond, an American scientist, TED speaker and Pulitzer-winner, will speak at TCU Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in Brown-Lupton University Union ballroom. Author of popular science favorites The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, he will discuss his most recent book The World Until Yesterday.

Admission is free and a book signing will follow.

A professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, Diamond is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge Universities. His on-campus talk will examine what the western world can learn from small-scale, traditional societies oriented to the past, such as farmers and hunter-gatherers. How those societies have adapted to solve such universal problems as resolving disputes, bringing up children, dealing with dangers and remaining healthy are of key interest, Diamond says.

His book suggests that some of those practices could be usefully adopted in the modern industrial world, either by individuals or by society as a whole.

Sponsoring this event are TCU Provost’s Council, College of Education, AddRan College of Liberal Arts, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, John V. Roach Honors College, Pre-Health Professions Institute and the College of Science & Engineering.