Guns, Germs, and Steel

By David Johanssen

Is the Eurasian hegemony due to intellectual, moral, and inherent genetic superiority or was it the influence of geography on Eurasian societies and cultures that gave them advantages? Jared Diamond is a professor of geography and physiology at UCLA; his book Guns, Germs, and Steel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. The book explains why Eurasian civilizations survived and conquered others, while arguing against the idea that they had an inherent genetic superiority. Diamond argues that the gaps in power and technology between human societies originate in environmental differences. When cultural or genetic differences have favored Eurasians (i.e., written language or the development among Eurasians of resistance to endemic diseases), he asserts that these advantages occurred because of the influence of geography on societies and cultures and were not inherent in the Eurasian genomes.

Documentary and Discussion
Guns, Germs, and Steel Part 1
Sat, May 23, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Guns, Germs, and Steel Part 2
Tue, May 26, 5pm
50 pesos

Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, May 26, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
Spirits of the Jaguar: Fifth World of the Aztecs
Thu, May 28, 3pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Guns, Germs, and Steel Part 3
Sat, May 30, 5pm
50 pesos

All events in
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Join us for a three-part documentary series and discussion of Jared Diamond’s work, starting Saturday, May 23, at 5pm, continuing Tuesday, May 26, at 5pm, and concluding Saturday, May 30, at 5pm: Guns, Germs, and Steel. Why did history unfold differently on different continents? Why has one culture—namely that of Western Europe—dominated the development of the modern world? 50 pesos each event.

Tuesday, May 26, at 7:30pm: Open Mic. You don’t need to perform, but if you want your 10 minutes of fame, then this is the place for you! Regulars call it the “Cheers bar” of San Miguel. You can do anything you want for 10 minutes as long as you are absolutely riveting. 30 pesos (includes drink).

Thursday, May 28, at 3pm, join us for a documentary and discussion on the Aztecs. In 1431, the Aztecs forged an alliance with the northern kingdom of Tlacopan and Texcoco to the east. The Triple Alliance defeated the eastern kingdoms, making the Aztecs the dominant rulers of central Mexico. But these allies were also the first kingdoms to feel the wrath of Cortez and his anti-Aztec allies as the Spanish conquistador made his scorched earth march toward Tenochtitlan in 1520. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from Teatro Shelter.


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