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

Fall 2014

Come Alive

Beloved Community and the Eternal Wave of Creation

Produced in partnership with the Pseads Institute
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 7:00pm
Angelico Concert Hall, Dominican Campus

Extending the new creative expression of Big History in the context of hip-hop, poetry, and dance, the Pseads Institute presents its first campus-wide event in Angelico Hall on Wednesday at 7pm. This compact, full-immersion, DJ’ed experience of sound and visual entertainment will include the leading scholars on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us in creating a vision of community, agency, and hope for a better world that starts right here, at Dominican. With thanks to ASDU, there will be a reception following the event, a rare and special opportunity to be in conversation with the artists and scholars, one-to-one.

Clayborne Carson, PhD Selected in 1985 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson has devoted most of his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements he inspired. Under Dr. Carson's direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.—a definitive, comprehensive edition of King's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. Dr. Carson's extensive writings reflect not only his research about King but also his undergraduate civil rights and antiwar activism, which led him to appreciate the importance of grassroots political activity and visionary leadership in the African-American freedom struggle.

Michael Nagler, PhD As Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program Michael Nagler has devoted most of his professional life to the study of Mahatma Gandhi, and the movements for peace that he inspired both in India and abroad. He is the founder of the Metta Center for Nonviolence, and has both written and traveled to speak extensively on the topic of strategies for cultivating peace in the world.  


Peter JM Hess

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.  


Gravitational Echoes2

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

This year, Dominican is deepening the experience of Big History through a new collaboration with the Pseads Institute. Events integrate science, humanities, and the arts to cultivate the love of learning in each of us, foster felt connection between ourselves and universe, and celebrate every person's capacity for contribution. Our first event, Gravitation Echoes, invites you to orient yourself in your exploration of the universe through hip hop, poetry, and music with the Avay-i-Janaan Poetry Slam Collective.

The Pseads Institute provides custom, quality experiences designed to engage learners—first inwardly, then rippling outward through local community and beyond—in ways that are original, creative, and fun.  


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