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Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA for an Open Mind program with Pulitzer Prize winning author, Dr. Jared Diamond. Dr. Diamond, a Professor of Geography at UCLA, will discuss his latest book, Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change.

In Upheaval, Dr. Diamond, whose research lies at the interface between molecular biology and evolutionary biology, attempts to analyze devastating crises (political, economic, civil, ecological etc.) that may destroy whole countries and the multiple reasons causing them. He also tries to understand the ways in which individuals learn to cope with personal traumas and how these approaches can be applied to nations as well. 


Dr. Diamond is the author of five best-selling books, Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse, Why is Sex Fun? The Third Chimpanzee, and The World Until Yesterday. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction for Guns, Germs, and Steel, and has received numerous other awards and prizes including: the US National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Science, and election to the US National Academy of Sciences. He is a director of World Wildlife Fund/US.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
6:30 PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program 
Fowler Museum – Lenart Auditorium

Parking is available for $13 in Structure 4

Admission is free but registration is required.


In anticipation of this event selling out and in appreciation of your support, we are pleased to offer early registration exclusively for members of The Friends. Your reserved seat will be held for up to 10 minutes prior to the start of the program. At that time we will need to offer the seats to attendees who are waiting to be seated. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to fill the house and accommodate as many registrants as possible.