How is it that Homo sapiens, once lowly scavengers, came to dominate—and endanger—our planet? We will explore this question by discussing the international best-seller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Recommended as a must-read by Barack Obama and Bill Gates, the book offers an intellectually stimulating account of our species’ extraordinary history from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. In addition to discussion in small groups and as a whole class, we will view videos of author Yuval Noah Harari commenting on Sapiens and his other works. Required text: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari ISBN-13: 978-0062316110.
Instructor: Dan Damerville (firstname.lastname@example.org) taught literature, humanities, mythology and writing courses in community college, university and high school for more than 35 years. He moved to Asheville from Tallahassee, Florida, four years ago and has taught and participated in numerous College for Seniors courses.