Public Lecture: War! What is it Good For? delivered by Professor Ian Morris


Public Lecture: War! What is it Good For? delivered by Professor Ian Morris

Tue 20 Aug 2019 1:00pm2:00pm


Social Sciences Building (24), The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus
The University of Queensland's School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry invites you to attend 'War! What is it good for?' delivered by Professor Ian Morris.

In this lecture, Professor Ian Morris will draw from his book War! What is it Good For? to examine the long-term history of how the rise of stronger governments with more force at their disposal has driven down rates of violent death, and why people use violence in the first place. 

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Ian Morris is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and a senior fellow of the Archaeology Center at Stanford University. He has published thirteen books, including Why the West Rules—For Now (2010), War! What is it Good For? (2014), and most recently Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve (2015). He is currently writing a book about Britain’s relations with Europe and the wider world across the last 8,000 years. His books have been translated into sixteen languages. He has directed archaeological digs in Greece and Italy, has held visiting professorships in anthropology, archaeology, business, international studies, and psychology, and is a contributing editor at Stratfor, a strategic forecasting company. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute. At Stanford, he has served as senior associate dean of humanities and sciences, chair of the Classics department, and director of the Archaeology Center, and has won a dean’s award for excellence in teaching.