In addition to being a best-seller, "Guns, Germs and Steel" is also the title of Diamond's lecture that examines the rise and fall of civilizations. Diamond, a professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA, contends that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Civilizations in favorable locations were able to master food production and domesticate animals, allowing them to move beyond a hunter-gatherer existence and develop skills, experiences and technologies that assisted their conquest of less technologically advanced cultures. Diamond's arguments have been hailed for "stunningly" dismantling racially based theories of human history.
"Guns, Germs and Steel" won the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction in 1998.
Diamond's appearance is part of the John B. Goddard School of Business &
Economics' Ralph Nye Lecture series. The presentation is free to the public. For more information, call 801-626-7307.
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