Jared Diamond with Sandra Tsing Loh

Jared Diamond with Sandra Tsing Loh

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 7:30pm


Tradition. Sometimes it’s a great thing, where we understand the purpose and the meaning of a tradition as a means of regulating society, of keeping order of time and place, of family and greater community. Sometimes traditions don’t make much sense in our modern world but Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jared Diamond says that traditions from ancient societies have a great deal to teach us in solving universal problems that never go away whether elder care, child rearing, conflict resolution, or even personal fitness.

In his book, The World Until Yesterday, Diamond discusses some primitive societies from his decades of award-winning research (at UCLA) in the Pacific Islands and elsewhere, and their methods of dealing with such contemporary problems as babysitting, care of ageing and ill parent, business and family conflict, and fat kids. Diamond concludes that although continents and light years apart from us, we as a modern civilization could stand to pay a bit of attention to them. Jared Diamond’s books are so engaging, entertaining and thrilling because they explain through stories, and through historical and geographical data just how our world is the way it is, and why. From Guns, Germs and Steel to The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond warns us that the lessons of the past will literally save our lives.


Science has never been so much fun, with Sandra Tsing Loh and her terrific Loh Down on Science, sponsored by UC Irvine and aired on KPCC. She packs a wollop into a moment of radio time, about facts that we never knew we couldn’t live without. In her inimitable and great humorous style, she entertains while teaching us about stuff as varied as sea creatures’ mating habits to kissing to body odor to anything we could ever wonder about. Sandra is a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly. She regularly writes controversially and candidly personal articles that become lightening rod topics of public discussion such as on marriage being outdated, the impossible situation of older, Alzheimer-addled parents, menopause, and more. And think of the fun she (and we) will have with Jared Diamond!




At The Sanctuary at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills 90211 (click here for map and picture). Street parking and nearby lots are available.

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  • Lynne

    Enjoyed my ride with Patricia to the venue. Sorry no one else attended--it was very good. Diamond and Loh were compatible and made the evening interesting. Hope everyone was able to get refunds on their tickets.

    November 19, 2013

  • Lisa

    I'm so sorry I missed this. I think my calendar is messed up.

    November 18, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    Would anyone like to gather at the Will Call window to get group seating? Please let me know. :-)

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    UPDATE 11/16/13 If anyone is interested in carpooling from Tustin or the parking lot across from the Bowers (Main and I-5), let me know. I'm leaving my house at 5:30 and taking the 405.

    November 16, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    UPDATE 10/15/13: Tickets are now available. $26.87 includes the service fee through Brown Paper Tickets. The link is in the announcement page above. If you've never heard Dr. Diamond lecture or in one of his TV documentaries, you're in for a delightful and inspiring afternoon.

    October 15, 2013

  • Lorraine Y.

    Anyone interested in carpooling?

    September 24, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    JUST AN FYI --- This is not a free event. The cost of the ticket will be announced later along with further details.

    September 10, 2013

  • San

    Carpool ? Please post. Thanks !

    September 9, 2013

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