After 1492: Globalization as a Biological Process
This week’s Lunch & Learn will be presented by no other than best-selling author Charles C. Mann, author of 1491, which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Keck award for the best book of the year, and 1493, a New York Times best-seller. Mr. Mann is also a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad.
Description of the Presentation: The two dates that mark the beginning of globalization are 1492 (when, famously, Columbus voyaged to the Americas) and 1571 (when, much less famously, Legazpi bloodily founded the Spanish colony of Manila). From these beginnings came today’s globe-spanning network of exchange. Increasingly, this exchange–and is impacts–is understood in terms as much ecological as economic, in terms of vessels from distant lands causing previously separate ecosystems to collide. The “Columbian Exchange,” as this ongoing worldwide ecological convulsion is known, was the biggest event in the history of life since the death of the dinosaurs, and a vital part of the human story as well.
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