This episode features a conversation on Becoming a Planetary Presence with Cynthia Brown, Dominican University of California Professor Emerita. Cynthia was an American educator-historian. She authored the titles Refusing Racism: White Allies in the Struggle for Civil Rights and Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present.
Our host is Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and professor at Yale University.
In this conversation, Cynthia describes the “big history” approach to understanding the role of the human in relation to the historical unfolding of the cosmos and Earth, highlighting key threshold moments of evolutionary change.
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What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe?
What roles do we play in Earth's history?
How do we connect with the intricate web of life?
This podcast series is part of a larger project called Journey of the Universe that invites us to reflect on these questions. It consists of a film, a book, a series of conversations, and online classes.
The creators of the Journey project imagine that by knowing more about the universe and Earth we will also know more about ourselves. This may give us grounds for navigating our own journey in challenging times.
How did we come to be part of this universe story?
How do we belong and how can we participate in its future flourishing?
This series is a gateway into exploring these questions.
In these podcasts of the Journey of the Universe Conversations we will meet scientists and historians, environmentalists and teachers, gardeners and urban planners. All of them are reflecting on how we can be more fully alive in this context of participating in a universe story. Each podcast will have a section of the Journey of the Universe film narrated by Brian Thomas Swimme followed by a conversation hosted by Mary Evelyn Tucker.
Connect deeply with these materials and more via the Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization, a series of Massive Online Open Courses hosted by Coursera and created by Yale.
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