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Livestream Lecture: Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

May 12, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Rainy Day Books livestream event co-sponsored with the Linda Hall Library and Kansas City Public Library.

The lecture

Can the U.S. and other coronavirus-ravaged countries take a cue from individuals in crisis, following their own 12-step path to recovery?

Jared Diamond, one of America’s most celebrated scholars, says the answer is yes. In a discussion drawing from his book Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, Diamond looks at how and why some nations through history have recuperated from trauma and others haven’t. As with people, success lies in taking responsibility for problems, seeking and accepting help, and being open to change.

In his book, released last May, Diamond weighs the impact of a geopolitical 12-step response to such contemporary global challenges as climate change and political polarization. In his presentation, he extends his focus to the pandemic now gripping the world.

The author

Jared Diamond, a noted polymath, is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among his many awards are the U.S. National Medal of Science, Japan’s Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of the international bestselling books Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, Why Is Sex Fun?, The World until Yesterday, and The Third Chimpanzee.

Accessing the program

This free, online livestream lecture will take place on May 12 at 7:00 PM CDT at YouTube.com/kclibrary.

RSVP with the Kansas City Public Library


Signed copies of Upheaval

The softcover of Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis will be published Tuesday, May 12. Signed bookplates will be available for those who order a copy from Rainy Day Books online or by phone at 913.384.3126.



May 12, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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