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To be or not to be Multilingual

A lecture by UCLA professor of Geography Jared Diamond.

On April 9, 2010, UCLA Professor of Geography Jared Diamond presented the lecture, “To Be or Not to Be Multilingual”. In this lecture, Professor Diamond spoke about  multilingualism and the current status of native North American and Latin American languages; their presence and their contributions to world culture, and  discussing  the recent research points to significant benefits to be derived from multilingualism, ranging from those enjoyed by individuals who speak more than one language to those affecting the society at large.

Professor Diamond has authored books such as Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed and Guns, Germs and Steel  which won him a Pulitzer Prize as well as the Aventis Prize for Science Books in the UK.  He received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in addition to awards from the American Physiological Society, the National Geographic Society and the Zoological Society of San Diego. He has also been awarded a number of honorary degrees and received countless other recognitions, prizes and medals from institutions throughout the world. He was a founding board member of the Society of Conservation Biology and serves as US regional director of the World Wide Fund for Nature.


Latin American Institute