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At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft and nuclear weapons—all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time.

Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species’ immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?

Join Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel, for an enlightened discussion about and for the next generation and the future they’ll help build.


Jared Diamond will be signing and selling copies of his book, The Third Chimpanzee, following the event.

 

Can't make it to the event? Leave your questions for our guests below, and they might be used on stage during the Q&A. Keep an eye on 92Y On Demand after the event for any video clips we might share! You might see your question used on stage.

 

Bio

Sandra Tsing Loh is the author of the bestselling New York Times notable book Mother on Fire, inspired by her hit solo show of the same name, which ran for seven months at 24th Street Theatre. During that time, she was named one of the 50 most influential comedians by Variety. Her other solo shows include Aliens in America and Bad Sex With Bud Kemp (both off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre), Sugar Plum Fairy (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Rep) and I Worry (Kennedy Center, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Her short story, My Father’s Chinese Wives, won a Pushcart Prize in 1996, and is also featured in the Norton Anthology of Modern Literature. Loh’s previous books include A Year in Van Nuys, Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday and a novel, If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now, which was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998. She has been a regular commentator on NPR’s "Morning Edition" and on Ira Glass’ "This American Life"; currently, her weekly segment "The Loh Life" is heard on KPCC. Loh’s education includes a BS in physics from the California Institute of Technology, an institution which granted her a Distinguished Alumna Award, its highest honor, and for whom she was the first alumna to give a now-famous commencement speech. Loh’s combining of her communication and science skills continue with her syndicated daily minute "The Loh Down on Science," which is heard weekly by 4 million people. Excerpts from her solo piano CD Pianovision has been heard on several NPR shows, and she also scored the music for the 1998 Oscar-winning documentary Breathing Lessons. A Pushcart Prize winner, MacDowell Fellow and three-time National Magazine Award nominee, she is a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly. Her new book The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, based on her Best American Essay 2012 on menopause, will be published by W.W. Norton in May, 2014.


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