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Dominican's First Year Experience "Big History" program hosts and co-sponsors on- and off-campus events every semester for students, faculty, staff, and community members. All events are free of charge and open to the public unless otherwise noted below.

Fall 2014

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Gravitational Echoes with the Avay-i-Janaan Poetry Slam Collective

Produced in partnership with the Pseads Institute
Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 7:30pm
Guzman Lecture Hall, Dominican Campus

Through hip hop, music, song, and poetry, orient yourself in your journey through the universe.

 

 

 

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Where is God in an Ancient Universe? A Case for Religious Belief in Big History

with Dr. Peter M. J. Hess

Co-Produced with Campus Ministry and the Department of Religion and Philosophy
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, 7:30pm

Guzman Lecture Hall, Dominican Campus

Welcome Dr. Peter Hess for a lecture and conversation addressing the contribution of religious perspectives to understanding the origin and evolution of the universe. 

Peter M. J. Hess serves as Director of Outreach to Religious Communities with the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in Oakland, California, to promote understanding of the interface between science (particularly evolution and climate climate) and religious belief. With an M.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), he co-authored "Catholicism and Science" with Paul Allen (Greenwood Press, 2008), and is a fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). He teaches courses in environmental ethics and science and religion at various universities in the San Francisco Bay Area.      

 

Spring 2014

 

ted petersThe Evolution Controversy: Who's Fighting with Whom about What?

with Dr. Ted Peters

Co-Produced with Campus Ministry and the Department of Religion and Philosophy
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, 7:30pm
Guzman Lecture Hall, Dominican Campus

They say science and religion are at war? Really? No doubt there is a skirmish between scientists who rely upon Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and conservative Christians who support either creationism or intelligent design. Yet, all the combatants in this war announce that they are defending science. How should we understand this? Professor Ted Peters will report on what Charles Darwin actually said; and then he will compare the positions of atheism, creationism, intelligent design, and theistic evolution. Religious persons will find the 4th position--Theistic Evolution--the one that fits best within the Big History framework. Finally, you get to decide which army you want to fight with; or, you can commit yourself to seeking peace among the combatants.

Ted Peters teaches Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.  In addition to his work as an educator, he is a prolific author and editor on topics dealing with religion in the modern world, especially the interaction between theology and science. See his co-authored book, Can You Believe in God and Evolution? (Abingdon) and his website for more thinking on this and other subjects, Ted's Timely Take: tedstimelytake.com.


legion of honorCalifornia Palace of the Legion of Honor Tour 

Friday, February 28th, 2014, 1:30-5:30pm
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

The Legion of Honor, San Francisco's most beautiful museum, displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building located in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco, the Legion is most noted for its breathtaking setting. Its collections include Rodin's Thinker, which sits in the museum's Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country.

*For current FYE 1100-1910 students only. Sign-up required. Limited capacity.


cinziaBig History and Archaeology: How Do We Know What We Know?

with Dr. Cinzia Perlingieri

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014, 7:00pm
Guzman Lecture Hall, Dominican Campus

We can answer big questions about the past looking at very small traces of evidence. How did Egyptians build the pyramids? How were the first cities born? How did early humans look? 

When archaeology was developing as a scientific discipline in the XVIII century the western world was undergoing big changes due to the Industrial Revolution. An unprecedented awakening of scientific curiosity brought researchers to study the past of the earth in many directions. Scholars in all scientific disciplines were trying to answer questions that can all be summarized into one: Where do we come from? The sky and its planets, the earth with its mountains and lakes, contemporary native Indians and ancient mysterious Egypt, were all starting to reveal their secrets. Past and present were converging; astronomy, geology, archaeology, philosophy, were just different ways of looking at what happened before “us.” A fascinating global learning adventure had started which taught us that our human experience began long before humans.

Cinzia Perlingieri is Director of Research at the Center for Digital Archaeology, a non-profit company affiliated with the Anthropology Department of UC Berkeley, and Visiting Scholar at the Department of Anthropology of UC Berkeley.  She is also lecturer at California State University East Bay, where she currently teaches two courses on archaeology.

Dr. Perlingieri started her career as an archaeologist in Africa in 1989 and obtained her PhD from the University of Naples “l'Orientale,” Italy, in 1999. Since then, she has collaborated on archaeological projects throughout North-Eastern Africa. She specialized in Ethiopian Archaeology, and experienced all aspects of archaeology and cultural heritage, from excavation and survey, to the study and archiving of collections, to teaching. 

She moved to the United States in 2008 and took a few years break from fieldwork to have a son, now a little over two years old. She established the Center for Digital Archaeology together with her husband Michael, and UC Berkeley Emeritae professors Ruth Tringham and Meg Conkey.

Dr. Perlingieri resumed her field research in Africa last Summer as Co-Director of a large archaeological project in the region of Yeha, Northern Ethiopia (Southern Red Sea Archaeological Histories, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University). She will be in Ethiopia for the next field season in April 2014. 


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Journey of the Universe Screening at the Rafael Film Center

Monday, March 31st, 2014, 7:00pm
Rafael Film Center, San Rafael

Journey of the Universe is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

*For current FYE 1100-1910 students only. Sign-up required. Limited capacity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

deyoungDeYoung Museum Tour 

Friday, April 4th, 2014, 1:30-5:30pm
DeYoung Museum, San Francisco

Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years.

On October 15, 2005, the de Young Museum re-opened in a state-of-the-art new facility that integrates art, architecture and the natural landscape in one multi-faceted destination that will inspire audiences from around the world. Designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco, the new de Young provided San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

*For current FYE 1100-1910 students only. Sign-up required. Limited capacity.

 

muir woodsMuir Woods Excursion 

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:30-5:00pm
Muir Woods, Mill Valley

Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway, to an era of conservation, to modern preservation. In each era, the forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better or for worse.

*For current FYE 1100-1910 students only. Sign-up required. Limited capacity.

 

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Focus Groups Results Presentation

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:15-1:30pm
Creekside Room


Student focus group facilitators with Jennifer Lucko, Dan May, and Mojgan Behmand will discuss the results of Big History's student-led assessment. Sign in at the register in Caleruega for a complimentary lunch.

Fall 2013

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Stargazing Event with the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers

Thursday, September 12th, 7:30-10:00pm
Forest Meadows Field

Join the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and a fleet of high-quality scopes for a star talk, cosmic laser tour, and viewing of the Moon, Saturn, Venus, and deep space objects. Bring your flashlight, an extra layer, and your sense of adventure. 

     

     

     

     

     

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    Home Film Screening Co-Sponsored by the Department of Communications

      Thursday, September 19th, 7:00-9:00pm
      Angelico Concert Hall

      Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.

       

       

       

       

       

      geo tour new sizeGeological Tour of Land's End, San Francisco

      Saturday, September 28th, 1:00-5:00pm
      Land’s End, San Francisco

      Join local geologists Christopher Lewis and Russell McArthur for a tour of San Francisco's Ocean Beach, Sutro Baths, and Land's End neighborhood for a Big History perspective on how our California coastline came to be.
      *For FYE 1000 students only. Sign-up required in person, Guzman 210.


        vaticanobservatory2"Are We Alone?: Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life" with Father Paul Gabor, PhD

        Co-Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Department of Religion and Philosophy
        Monday, October 21st, 6:00-8:00pm
        Guzman Lecture Hall

        "Do there exist many worlds, or is there but a single world? This is one of the most noble and exalted questions in the study of Nature," wrote St Albertus Magnus, O.P., in the mid-thirteenth century. After millennia of speculation, astrophysics is on the verge of an answer. What will it bring? Will it makes us think differently of ourselves?

         Fr. Paul Gabor, S.J., studied Particle Physics in Prague, Czech Republic, and at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1995, studied Philosophy in Cracow, Poland, and Theology in Paris, France. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2004. He earned a PhD in astrophysics in 2009 in Paris. 

        Fr. Gabor joined the Vatican Observatory in September 2010, and became its Vice Director in charge of the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Arizona, in September 2012.

         

        gabor new size"At Home in the Universe: Humans in Search of Meaning" with Father Paul Gabor, PhD

        Co-Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Department of Religion and Philosophy
        Tuesday, October 22nd, 6:00-8:00pm
        Sisters Gathering Space

         Pascal's sceptic says, "The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me," while the Psalmist exclaims, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor." (Psalm 8)

        Astrophysics has learned many things about the Universe, surpassing our wildest imagination. How does it make you feel? Science is one of the most remarkable undertakings of human history, and yet our collective subconscious fears it.  What does it tell us about truth and reality? How does it affect our beliefs and values?

        Fr. Paul Gabor, S.J., studied Particle Physics in Prague, Czech Republic, and at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1995, studied Philosophy in Cracow, Poland, and Theology in Paris, France. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2004. He earned a PhD in astrophysics in 2009 in Paris. 

        Fr. Gabor joined the Vatican Observatory in September 2010, and became its Vice Director in charge of the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Arizona, in September 2012.

        *For FYE 1000 students and faculty only.


        cal academy new sizeExcursion to the California Academy of Sciences 

        Friday, October 25th, 1:00-5:00pm
        California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

        Join your peers and faculty for a two-hour adventure in San Francisco's Academy of Sciences museum in Golden Gate Park. Explore the aquarium, living rain forest, African Hall, and so much more!
        *For FYE 1000 students only. Sign-up required in person, Guzman 210.*


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