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Jared Diamond, Scholars' Day Keynote 2019

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Samuel J. Stabins Physical Education Complex, Bldg. 10 Gymnasium
07:00 pm

Immediately following the debut of his new book Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, geographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond will deliver Monroe Community College’s Scholars’ Day keynote address based on his findings on how successful nations and people successfully recover from crisis. Presented by ESL Charitable Foundation, Diamond’s keynote address will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 in MCC’s Samuel J. Stabins Physical Education Complex gymnasium, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester.  

Tickets are available online at Admission is $10 for general public; $5 with MCC ID. Parking will be available in Lot G.

Diamond’s latest work Upheaval (Penguin Books Limited) compares political crises in nations like Germany, Japan, Chile, Finland, and the United States to the personal crises people experience in their lives. Based on his book, Diamond’s presentation will explore how and why some countries were able to thrive after great turbulence, while others struggled. He will also share insights as to whether the United States, and the world, are squandering their natural advantages, on a path towards political conflict and decline.

The keynote address is made possible through support from presenting sponsor, the ESL Charitable Foundation, and local philanthropists through the Monroe Community College Foundation. Diamond will answer questions and sign books following the presentation. Books will be available onsite for purchase.      

About Jared Diamond
Considered one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals (Foreign Policy), Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has received some of the world’s most prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Genius Award, the Dickson Prize in Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the National Medal of Science, America’s highest civilian award in science. His book Upheaval is the final installment in a trilogy that began with Guns, Germs, and Steela series the New York Times calls “one of the most significant projects embarked upon by any intellectual of our generation.”

SPONSOR: ESL Charitable Foundation and the MCC Foundation
RSVP: Tickets available at, Flynn Campus Center Service Desk and the Downtown Campus Bookstore
CONTACT: MCC Office of Student Life and Leadership Development (585) 292-2534