The 2013 Morrison Institute Winter Colloquium concludes Wednesday, March 13, 2013, with Ian Morris presenting "An Ancient Population Explosion? Greece in the 1st Millennium BC."
Ian Morris is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center.
Prof. Morris's research focuses mainly on long-term world history from the end of the Ice Age to recent times and its implications for understanding the future. He is particularly interested in how biology, sociology, and geography have shaped human history. He began his career as an ancient Mediterranean historian and archaeologist, and remains active in these areas. Prof. Morris directs Stanford's archaeological excavations at Monte Polizzo, Sicily, and has published eleven books. These include Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, which was published in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in October 2010 and in the UK by Profile Books in November 2010.
His current writing projects include War! What is it Good For, which is a history of warfare from its prehuman roots to the transformations of the 21st century. In it he argues that war has, in fact, been good for something—it has built larger societies that have made humans both richer and safer—but has now become so destructive that it is ceasing to be good for anything at all. It will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the USA and Profile Books in the UK.
He has also been at work on The Ancient World: A New History, which is the first book to tell the story of the whole world in ancient times, tracing the rise of increasingly powerful, sophisticated, and wealthy societies across the thousands of years that separated the end of the Ice Age and the first mega-empires ruling tens of millions of people. It will be published by Princeton University Press.
The Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies Winter Colloquium is a lecture series for students, the Stanford community, and the general public that presents the latest scientific findings in demography, epidemiology, genetics, and other areas in the field of population and resource studies. The Winter Colloquium is held on Wednesdays of the Winter Quarter, 4:15 p.m. in Herrin Hall T-175 (Biological Sciences building). Contact Jim Collins, (650)723-7518, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Our website/blog is located at http://hsblogs.stanford.edu/morrison/.
This talk is the last in the series for 2013. The Morrison Institute thanks you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you next year.