On the next Great Conversations, Jared Diamond, physiologist, evolutionary biologist and author of the Pulitzer-prize winning Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies, is interviewed by Sarah Hrdy, biologist, author and former Guggenheim fellow. Great Conversations: Jared Diamond and Sarah Hrdy airs Monday, Feb. 18 at 10/9 p.m. on KET.
Diamond is also the author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, The Third Chimpanzee, and, most recently, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? In this book, Diamond draws on decades of research living among tribes in New Guinea to explore ancient solutions to the most basic of problems, such as health, relationships and justice.
In the program, Diamond discusses New Guinea and its prospects for the future; what lessons can be taken from the New Guinea culture and lifestyles; and the upbringing and education that led him to his current interests and pursuits as a researcher and writer.
Diamond is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (Genius Award); research prizes and grants from the American Physiological Society, National Geographic Society, and Zoological Society of San Diego; and many teaching awards and endowed public lectureships. He is a founding member of the board of the Society of Conservation Biology and a member of the board of directors of World Wildlife Fund/USA and Conservation International.
Hrdy, professor emerita at the University of California-Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the California Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Her books include The Langurs of Abu: Female and Male Strategies of Reproduction, The Woman that Never Evolved and Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants and Natural Selection.
The program was recorded at Diamond’s recent appearance at the Kentucky Author Forum in Louisville.
Great Conversations: Jared Diamond and Sarah Hrdy is a KET production. Producer-director is Tom Bickel, and executive producer is Teresa Day. Kurzweil’s appearance is part of the Kentucky Author Forum, which is produced by Mary Moss Greenebaum and sponsored by the University of Louisville, in partnership with Brown-Forman and The Humana Foundation.