Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm


Jared Diamond
The Future of the ‘Third Chimpanzee’

Presented offsite at University of Washington’s Kane Hall, room 130. $5.

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Third Chimp book jacket

Chimpanzees and bonobos share 99% of human DNA, making these two primates our closest living relatives. This ape/human connection is the topic of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond’s recently-adapted 1991 book that The New York Times called “a pleasure to read” — this time, it’s geared toward young adults. The Third Chimpanzee for Young People takes an investigative look at human traits of violence and intervention, analyzing whether or not, similar to our ape brethren, these are coded into our genes. His book also looks at today’s perilous world of nuclear weapons and climate change, asking if there’s hope for the future of humans — “the third chimpanzees” — and the state of affairs younger generations are inheriting. A geography professor at UCLA, Diamond is the author of six books, including the bestselling Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.

Presented by: Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, in partnership with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture through The Seattle Science Lectures sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Learn more: About the author.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted March 19, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Fascinating guy!

  2. Valerie
    Posted April 8, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    What are my chances of getting a ticket by waiting in the standby line day-of?

    • Town Hall
      Posted April 9, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Hi Valerie! Though we cannot guarantee these tickets, patrons who wait in line usually have good luck getting in to our events! We begin selling these tickets 15 minutes prior to the start of the program; lines typically form an hour or two before that. You must be actively waiting in line to take advantage of these tickets. There is no wait-list. If you have mobility concerns you may have another member of your party wait in line for you, but you must be present when we begin to sell tickets. Ask our staff for a chair if you need one! Tickets sold on stand-by are cash only.

  3. Chris
    Posted April 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    How can we watch the presentation online at a later time? Thank you.

  4. Alicia
    Posted April 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    The talk given tonight was fascinating. I have always been interested in evolution and how humans “came about”. The topics that were discussed spiked my curiosity and eventually I asked my lit teacher for a copy of The Third Chimpanzee. Talks such as this are what makes me excited and interested to learn as much as I possibly can.

  5. Joanna
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    When I watched the talk, I was somewhat prepared for it to be a boring lecture, but the topics in the third chimpanzee made me think a lot. Dr. Diamond kept the talk alive and kept everyone intrested. I was learning about evolution earlier in the school year and this talk just made me want to study more about it

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