Kentucky Author Forum @ Kentucky Center

Wednesday, Jan. 9

Kentucky Center for the Arts
501 W. Main St. • 584-7777
$20; 5 p.m. (doors)

How often does a professor of geography become a lightning rod for political debate as well as heated discussion among rational audiences? Jared Diamond can regularly incite such attention. Once Diamond began writing books for popular consumption, his cultural correlations and assertions quickly drew a range of readers — including many whose reaction was along the lines of “Of course! Why didn’t someone put those ideas together before?” He has training in evolutionary biology and has received a MacArthur Fellowship, but that doesn’t prevent critics from pondering the ways in which works like “Guns, Germs and Steel” reinforce or rebuke controversial notions such as Environmental Determinism. “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?” is Diamond’s latest, and he’s being interviewed by Sarah Hrdy as part of U of L’s Kentucky Author Forum. —T.E. Lyons

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