Jared Diamond

Recognition Year: 
2008

"Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed"
Monday, January 28, 2008, 7 p.m.

Jared Diamond, Ph.D., universally regarded as one of the great minds of our time, is author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning book Guns, Germs and Steeland and its followup Collapse. Through his books and lectures, Diamond explains the environmental and geographic reasons why certain human populations have flourished while others, such as the Vikings in Greenland, the Maya, and modern-day Rwandans, have fallen apart. His research offers insights into such questions as: What makes certain societies especially vulnerable? Why didn't their leaders recognize and address their environmental problems? And perhaps most importantly—What can we learn from their examples and do differently to avoid their fates?