Diamond to Visit UASO in Chickasha

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Jared Diamond, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will be among the speaker at a symposium on liberal arts in higher education on April 10 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.

To help prepare the campus and Chickasha for Diamond's presentation, the university is screening a free showing of the National Geographic documentary, Guns, Germs, and Steel, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Davis Hall.

Based on Diamond's 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, the PBS video presents his theories on the major differences between technological societies and societies that are still primitive. The video will be presented in three one-hour segments with intermissions and free refreshments.

"Dr. Diamond is an internationally recognized scholar who uses an interdisciplinary approach in his research," said Darryel Reigh, professor of chemistry. "He represents the broad liberal arts perspective that we at USAO attempt to give our students as a backdrop to experience our culture."

As part of the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium, Diamond will address students, faculty, staff and community members in a public forum on April 10 about past civilizations and implications for current and future ones. …