National Medal of Science winner, Professor of Geography and author
Currently a professor of geography at UCLA, Diamond is the author of
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, a major international
bestseller that inspired an international museum exhibit; Guns, Germs,
and Steel (also subject of a 3-part PBS special);The Third Chimpanzee;
and Why Is Sex Fun?
Recognitions for his work include a MacArthur
Foundation "Genius" Grant, The Conservation Medals of the Zoological
Society of San Diego, The Carr Medal, the prestigious Tyler Prize for
Environmental Achievement, and Japan's International Cosmos Prize. In
2000, he was awarded the USA's highest civilian scientific award, The
National Medal of Science, for his landmark research and breakthrough
discoveries in evolutionary biology.
Developed by the Diamond faculty team for his campus visit
should we be doing as a liberal arts college to fully engage students
and challenge them to think in meaningful ways about the societal issues
discussed in Collapse?
Is it possible to take advantage of some
of the inherent tensions in a book like Collapse (e.g., environmental
determinism vs. cultural dynamism) to engage students in a
problem-centered (or inquiry-based) manner rather than simply lecturing
and presenting these case studies as fact?
How do we really open
our students to the relevance (or lessons) of past
societies/civilizations when they (our students) tend to be almost
exclusively focused on the present and future? In other words -- how do
we truly engage them so they are not simply playing along, nodding their
heads, and agreeing that looking at past societies is important?
Diamond FACULTY TEAM LEADERS
Dr. Thomas Lairson
, Gelbman Professor of International Business & Professor of Political ScienceDr.
, Maher Associate Professor of Distinguished Teaching &
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Event InformationFacilitated Discussion with FacultyCollapse: How Socities Choose to Fail or Succeed