LECTURE: Why the West Rules -- For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
Join Ian Morris, the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center for Why the West Rules -- For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future.
A Malaysian lawyer told a British journalist: "I am wearing your clothes, I speak your language, I watch your films, and today is whatever date it is because you say so." Do chaps or maps drive history? Human brilliance and folly, or geography? Or maybe genes, or culture? Ian Morris goes a level deeper than Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel to determine why the standards of Europe and North America now prevail in the world when it was the East that dominated for the 1,200 years between 550 and 1750 CE. Why did that happen, and what will happen next?
Come early and take a docent-led tour of the museum at 6:30 pm. No reservation necessary. Please meet in the museum lobby.
Questions? Contact the Oriental Institute Membership Office at 773-834-9777 or visit oi.uchicago.edu/getinvolved