Jared Diamond Crisis and Resilience in an Age of Change, Brexit and Trump.
Monday 27th May | The Mansion House, Dawson St. D2.
Jared Diamond has been called ‘the master storyteller of the human race’. He is professor of geography at UCLA and noted polymath, who speaks 12 languages, and his work has been enormously influential in the fields of anthropology, economics, biology, ornithology, ecology, geography and history. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the seminal million-copy-bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, one of TIME’s best non-fiction books of all time, and Collapse, a #1 international bestseller. Jared has transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now in the third book of this monumental trilogy, Upheaval – how nations cope with crisis and change he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis. Given what is happening with Brexit, this could not be more timely. Jared will show us how countries as diverse as Japan, Chile, Indonesia and Germany have survived major upheavals through a process of self-appraisal and adaptation similar to the ways in which individuals learn to cope with personal trauma. Looking ahead to the future, he will voice his concerns about the potential shift of the United States away from democracy. The lessons of history and the tools of self-knowledge, he will argue, can be applied to any nation at any point to avert catastrophe before it actually strikes. Exhibiting the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics and anthropology that marks all Diamond’s work, and given that so many countries are on the cusp of massive political change, this discussion will be unmissable. Join us and learn from one of the world’s greatest intellectuals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient in our troubled times. Venue: The Mansion House, Dawson Street, D2