Conversations

Welcome to Journey of the Universe:
Conversation Series

Journey of the Universe Conversations
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Formerly titled "Educational Series"

Twenty-part series (30 minutes each) in a 4-DVD Set
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Conversations with Scientists, Environmentalists, and Educators
Hosted by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

FEATURED "GREAT STORY" CONVERSATION

The Emanating Brilliance of Stars
Todd Duncan

FEATURED "GREAT WORK" CONVERSATION

Healing and Revisioning
Belvie Rooks

Highlights from conversations:

1. Beginning of the Universe

Joel Primack describes the emergence of the universe, the universe’s expansion, and the formation of the first elements, stars, and galaxies. This conversation also includes explanations of cold dark matter and dark energy

2. Galaxies Forming

Todd Duncan and Joel Primack explore the formation of galaxies from the hot, energetic state of the early universe. These interviews cover topics ranging from the shapes of galaxies to the formation of the Milky Way.

3. The Emanating Brilliance of Stars

Joel Primack and Todd Duncan describe the emergence and death of stars. They trace elements found in all life on Earth, including those found in our bodies, back to supernova explosions.

4. Birth of the Solar System

Craig Kochel describes the evolution of our solar system and its planets. Included in this conversation are the origins of the Moon, the creative dynamism of plate tectonics, and the impact of geology on Earth’s biology.

5. Life’s Emergence

Ursula Goodenough and Terry Deacon explore the complexities of the emergence of the first cells and the intricate patterning found in DNA and multicellular organisms.

6. Learning, Living, and Dying

The evolution of the brain is a story of adaptation, consciousness, and responsiveness that begins with single celled organisms and continues through the vertebrates. Here, Terry Deacon compares the adaptive brains of humans, chimpanzees, and our many evolutionary ancestors. For more on this topic, see "The Age of Humans: Evolutionary Perspectives on the Anthropocene."

7. The Passion of Animals

Scott Sampson tells the compelling story of Earth’s fossil record. Touching on topics ranging from the ancient ecosystems of dinosaurs to the co-evolution of the human with other species, this interview highlights the importance of understanding mass extinctions.

8. The Origin of the Human

Drawing upon the history of early humans and highlighting contemporary indigenous lifeways, John Grim and Melissa Nelson explain the sustaining power of ritual and celebratory acts that locate humans within the rhythms of Earth’s transformative systems. For more on this topic, see "The Age of Humans: Evolutionary Perspectives on the Anthropocene."

9. Becoming a Planetary Presence

Cynthia Brown describes the “big history” approach to understanding the role of the human in relation to the historical unfolding of the cosmos and Earth. She highlights key threshold moments of evolutionary change.

10. Transition

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Director, Forum on Religion and Ecology, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University introduces a collection of creative thinkers who are drawing upon the story of the universe to re-envision and create mutually enhancing human-Earth relations.

11. Breakthrough Communities

Carl Anthony tells how the universe story expanded his own understanding of race and environmental justice. With a focus on urban and metropolitan areas, he explains the practical implications of a functional cosmology for sustainable community development.

12. Eco-Cities

By emphasizing an organic and evolutionary whole-city perspective, Richard Register draws attention to the imaginative ways in which cities are being rethought and rebuilt around the planet for a flourishing, sustainable future.

Ecological Economics

Richard Norgaard surveys the history of human economies and the myths and premises of current economic practices. In place of our ecologically destructive practices, he endorses an ecological economics that emphasizes care, co-evolution, and protection of the environment.

14. Permaculture

Penny Livingston leads viewers through the history and significance of permaculture. She discusses permaculture as an agricultural practice that increases biodiversity and helps us to understand our place in the story of the universe.

15. Indigenous Ways of Knowing

David Begay and Nancy Maryboy invite us to understand Navajo ways of knowing. They describe a worldview that is place-based, emphasizes kinship and connection, and intimately orients the human within an interrelated and unified cosmos.

16. Sustainable Energy

Paula Gonzalez narrates the efforts of Catholic sisters to harness solar power and other natural systems as a means of protecting the Earth community and participating in the story of the universe.

17. Healing and Revisioning

Belvie Rooks describes how teaching the story of the universe has empowered African American youth to contextualize slavery, envision healing and reconciliation, and imagine a better future through a broader sense of self and of place.

18. Arts and Justice

Whether through poetry and activism, the study of science, or participating in a Crow Sundance, Drew Dellinger and Marya Grathwohl express shared visions of creative transformation that are inspired by the journey of the universe.

19. Myths, Metaphors, and Identities

Nancy Abrams and Sachiko Kawaura highlight the role of myth, metaphor, and art in broadening and deepening our understanding of human identity within a cosmological context.

20. Teaching Journey of the Universe

Tom Collins and Bindu Mohanty describe how learning the universe story has allowed high school and college students to experience an expanded sense of self and to transform despair into a sense of hope and empowerment.

Explore a sampling of the scholars and thoughts engaged with throughout this Conversation series, a twenty-part educational program that integrates the perspectives of the sciences and the humanities into a retelling of our 13.7 billion year story.

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Beginning of the Universe
Joel R. Primack

Joel Primack describes the emergence of the universe, the univere's expansion, and the formation of the first elements, stars, and galaxies. This conversation also includes explanations of cold dark matter and dark energy.

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Galaxies Forming
Todd Duncan

Todd Duncan explores the formation of galaxies from the hot, energetic state of the earth universe. This interview covers topics ranging from the shapes of galaxies to the formation of the Milky Way.

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Galaxies Forming
Joel R. Primack

Joel Primack explores the formation of galaxies from the hot, energetic state of the early universe. This interview also covers topics ranging from the shapes of galaxies to the formation of the Milky Way.

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The Emanating Brillance of Stars
Joel R. Primack

Joel Primack describes the emergence and death of stars, trace elements found in all life on Earath, including those found in our bodies, back to supernova explosions.

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The Emanating Brillance of Stars
Todd Duncan

Joel Primack describes the emergence and death of stars, trace elements found in all life on Earath, including those found in our bodies, back to supernova explosions.

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Birth of the Solar System
R. Craig Kochel

Craig Kochel describes the evolution of our solar system and its planets. Included in this conversation are the origins of the Moon, the creative dynamism of plate tectonics, and the impact of geology on Earth's biology.

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Life's Emergence
Ursula W. Goodenough

Ursula Goodenough explores the complexities of the emergence of the first cells and the intricate patterning found in DNA and multicellular organisms.

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Life's Emergence
Terrence W. Deacon

Terry Deacon explores the complexities of the emergence of the first cells and the intricate patterning found in DNA and multicellular organisms.

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Learning, Living, and Dying
Terrence W. Deacon

The evolution of the brain is a story of adaptation, consciousness, and responsiveness that begins with single-celled organisms and continues through the vertebrates. In this conversation, Terry Deacon compares the adaptive brains of humans, chimpanzees and our many evolutionary ancestors.

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The Passion of Animals
Scott Sampson

Scott Sampson tells the compelling story of Earth's fossil record. Touching on topics ranging from the ancient ecosystems of dinosaurs to the co-evolution of the human with other specieis, this interview highlights the importance of understanding mass extinctions.

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The Origin of the Human
John Grim

John Grim draws upon the history of early humans and highlighting contemporary indigenous lifeways to explain the sustaining power of ritual and celebratory acts that locate humans within the rhythms of Earth's transformative systems.

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The Origin of the Human
Melissa K. Nelson

Melissa Nelson draws upon the history of early humans and highlighting contemporary indigenous lifeways to explain the sustaining power of ritual and celebratory acts that locate humans within the rhythms of Earth's transformative systems.

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Becoming a Planetary Presence
Cynthia Stokes Brown

Cynthia Brown describes the "big history" approach to understanding the role of the human in relation to the historical unfolding of the cosmos and Earth. She highlights key threshold moments of evolutionary change.

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Breakthrough Cities
Carl Anthony

Carl Anthony tells how the universe story expanded his own understanding of race and environmental justice. With a focus on urban and metropolitan areas, he explains the practical implications of a functional cosmology for sustainable community development.

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Richard Register emphasizes an organic and evolutionary whole-city perspective to draw attention to the imaginative ways in which cities are being rethought and rebuilt around the planet for a flourishing, sustainable future.

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Ecological Economics
Richard B. Norgaard

Richard Norgaard surveys the history of human economies and the myths and premises of current economic practices. In place of our ecologically destructive practices, he endorses an ecological economics that emphasizes care, co-evolution, and protection of the environment.

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Penny Livingston leads viewers through the history and significance of permaculture. She discusses permaculture as an agricultural practices that increases biodiversity and helps us to understand our place in the story of the universe.

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Indigenous Ways of Knowing
David Begay

David Begay invites us to understand Navajo ways of knowing. David describes a worldview that is place-based, emphasizes kinship and connection, and intimately orients the human within an interrelated and unified cosmos.

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Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Nancy C. Maryboy

Nancy Maryboy invites us to understand Navajo ways of knowing. Nancy describes a worldview that is place-based, emphasizes kinship and connection, and intimately orientats the human with an interrelated and unified cosmos.

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Sustainable Energy
Paula Gonzalez

Paula Gonzales narrates the efforts of Catholic sisters to harness solar power and other natural systems as a means of protecting the Earth community and participating in the story of the universe.

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Healing and Revisioning
Belvie Rooks

In this conversation, Belvie Rooks describes how teaching the story of the universe has empowered African American youth to contextualize slavery, envision healing and reconciliation, and imagine a better future through a broader sense of self and of place.

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Arts and Justice
Drew Dellinger

In this conversation, Drew Dellinger expresses a shared vision of creative transformation that is inspired by the journey of the universe. Whether through poetry and activism, the study of science, or participating in a Crow Sundance, creative transformation and expression are core components of this cosmology.

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Arts and Justice
Marya Grathwohl

In this conversation, Marya Grathwohl expresses a shared vision of creative transformation that is inspired by the journey of the universe. Whether through poetry and activism, the study of science, or participating in a Crow Sundance, creative transformation and expression are core components of this cosmology.

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Myths, Metaphors, and Identities
Nancy Ellen Abrams

In this conversation, Nancy Abrams highlights the role of myth, metaphor, and art in broadening and deepening our understanding of human identity within a cosmological context.

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Myths, Metaphors, and Identities
Sachiko Kawaura

In this conversation, Sachiko Kawaura highlights the role of myth, metaphor, and art in broadening and deepening our understanding of human identity within a cosmological context.

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Teaching Journey of the Universe
Tom Collins

In this conversation, Tom Collins describes how learning the universe story has allowed high school and college students to experience an expanded sense of self and to transform despair into a sense of hope and empowerment.

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Teaching Journey of the Universe
Bindu Mohanty

In this conversation, Bindu Mohanty describes how learning the universe story has allowed high school and college students to experience an expanded sense of self and to transform despair into a sense of hope and empowerment.

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