Join us on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the Crozier Student Center at Connecticut College for a presentation by Carl Zimmer, Independent Scholar and Journalist. He will discuss, “The Deep History of Global Affairs.”
Today, global affairs are profoundly influenced by mass migrations, conflicts between ethnic populations, and upheavals brought about by trade and technology. To understand the origins of these forces, scholars usually look back to recent history—a few decades back, perhaps, or a few centuries at most. But new advances in sciences are now allowing researchers to unveil the history of global affairs reaching back tens of thousands of years. Ancient human remains are yielding entire genomes, making it possible to track the rise of our species from a small band of bipedal apes. Researchers are rewriting the deep history of humanity’s spread across the planet, discovering previously unknown collisions between ancient peoples, and the ways in which new ideas have spread around the world.
Register online for the presentation (and optional dinner) at https://scwac.wildapricot.org/event-3243964.
ABOUT OUR FEBRUARY SPEAKER:
Carl Zimmer is the author of thirteen books about science. His newest book is She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. His column Matter appears each week in the New York Times.
Zimmer’s writing has earned a number of awards, including the 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science. In 2017, he won an Online Journalism Award for his series of articles in which he explored his genome. She Has Her Mother’s Laugh was selected for the shortlist for the 2018 Baillie-Gifford Prize for Nonfiction.
A professor adjunct at Yale University, Zimmer is a familiar voice on programs such as Radiolab. He lives in Madison, Connecticut, with his wife Grace and their children, Charlotte and Veronica. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named.
Join us on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the Crozier Student Center at Connecticut College for a presentation by Carl Zimmer, Independent Scholar and Journalist. He will discuss, “The Deep History of Global[…]
The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.