A major reason for developing this blog is to draw attention to the work of geographers, not least when their exploits hit the news headlines, which admittedly doesn’t happen much. It is, therefore, worth pointing out that Jared Diamond, geographer in UCLA and award-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, has been in the news lately. Diamond has been sued for libel by two New Guinea tribesmen. They claim he mistakenly refers to them as murderers in his article, “Vengeance Is Ours: What can tribal societies tell us about our need to get even?”
It’s all quite sensitive, so NUIM Geography bloggers aren’t making any comment! But it is worth noting that Diamond is rarely described as a geographer, which in this case might not be such a bad thing.