Press Release for Monday, March 1, 2004

Jared Diamond to Speak at UNF

(904) 620-2102

JACKSONVILLE – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond will speak Wednesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus.

Diamond is the author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies," which won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 1998. The book takes a different look at history by examining environmental factors that led to today’s civilization.

A professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, Diamond’s interest is in geography and human society, and biogeography. He also is the author of “The Third Chimpanzee” and “Why is Sex Fun?”

Diamond has received the MacArthur Foundation genius grant, the Conservation medals of the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Carr Medal, and Japan's International Cosmos Prize. In 1999, Diamond received the National Medal of Science for his research and discoveries in evolutionary biology. In 2001, he was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

The lecture is free to UNF students, faculty and staff, and World Affairs Council members. General public tickets are $15 and are available from the University Box Office at (904) 620-2878.

The lecture is sponsored by UNF, the World Affairs Council and Riverbranch Foundation.

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