Guest Lecture by Professor Jared Diamond

18.00, 5th February 2013

Professor Jared Diamond will visit UCL to give an invited lecture on his new publication, The World Until Yesterday.

The lecture will run from 6:00 – 7:00 PM (please arrive at 5:45 and take your seats in the lecture hall), and there will be a book signing from 7:00 – 7:30 PM. The talk is free but places are limited: register online here.

The World Until Yesterday

Jared Diamond, bestselling author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, seeks to understand the revolutionary changes in human societies and social relations brought about by the emergence of state government, after seven million years of simpler forms of organization.

The differences are so profound, and we take state government as so completely natural, that the subject has, until now, defied historians. Diamond uses his first-hand experiences living in New Guinea, an island whose thousand tribes and languages represent a unique window onto our past, to ask fundamental questions about the millions of years of human society that are routinely ignored by historians.

Time: 17.45 for a prompt 18.00 start

Location: Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, Engineering Front Building, UCL, Torrington Place ( maps and directions )