Carl Coon graduated from Harvard University in 1949 and promptly joined the U.S. Foreign Service. He spent the next thirty-seven years in a variety of posts stretching from Morocco to Nepal, serving as ambassador to Nepal from 1981-1984. After retiring in 1985 he began to write about the evolution of human society based on his anthropological experience and interest in evolutionary psychology. In his books, Culture Wars and the Global Village (2000) and One Planet, One People: Beyond “Us versus Them” (2004), Coon advocates the idea that the whole world must now be viewed as “us” to cope with current global challenges. In 2004 Coon was elected to the American Humanist Association Board of Directors and soon after became the vice president, a position he held for five years. Carl Coon was honored by the AHA with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its 72nd Annual Conference held this year in San Diego, California.