Livestream Lecture: Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

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. This livestream author event is co-presented by Rainy Day Books, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Linda Hall Library.

Nathanael Carpenter

Nathanael Carpenter, an English geographer, was born Feb. 7, 1589. Geography was in a curious state in 1625. It was one of the few sciences that was still ruled by two ancient Greek authorities, Ptolemy and Strabo. Ptolemy, a mathematician, had declared that geography...