Past Event

Columbia Student-Alumni Book Discussion Series I: Guns, Germs, and Steel

October 25, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Parkview Place, 3F, Building 1, Zone A, 2 East 4th Ring Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing



Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm (Beijing Time)

Location: Columbia-dedicated WeWork space in Beijing, Parkview Place, 3F, Building 1, Zone A, 2 East 4th Ring Rd, Chaoyang

The Columbia Student-Alumni Book Discussion Series is hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing and led by Columbia alumni in China. Please join our alumni discussants from Columbia, Stanford, and UC Berkeley to understand the fates and development of human societies through Guns, Germs, and Steel, the best-known book of Jared Diamond.

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Book Info

In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion--as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war--and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.


  • This event opens only to Columbia students and alumni.
  • We encourage you to read the entire book and prepare a few questions before you join the discussion group.
  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]