Dean's Scholars Seminar
Who Wins: Species, Tribes, and Continents

Elaine Rich
Fall, 2002

In the battle for control of our planet, who has been winning and why? We will read and discuss:

In the first of these books, Diamond argues the case for people: why did we take over the planet, as opposed to other species that may be bigger, stronger, faster, more adapted to cold, have bigger brains, or whatever. In the second book (actually written earlier), Diamond asks the question, "Why did particular groups of people win over others and come to dominate the planet?"

We'll also look at other books that propose alternative answers to these questions, possibly including:

We will have a few guest lectures, with the rest of the class meetings devoted to student-led discussions of these books.