Begin the evening at 5:30 p.m. in the designated Book Feast private dining room in the FLCC Student Center and get acquainted with your fellow dinner companions over award-winning wine created by students in FLCC's viticulture program. A gourmet dinner created by students and faculty in the Culinary Arts capstone course will be served at 6 p.m. Participants will then savor four courses and delve into a lively discussion led by an FLCC faculty or community member who will offer a unique perspective on the evening's book selection. Space is limited to 12 guests per evening.
Moderated by James Hewlett, FLCC Professor of Biology
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one-homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?