Lindsey Dean

"As a modern creation story, Big History situates us to engage in humanity's perennial attempt to understand our place in the cosmos by looking at the big questions through a new lens: What does it mean to be human, not only in relation to our biological past, but within the context of a vast, expanding, and accelerating universe? What can we learn about the capacity to flourish by exploring our evolutionary heritage? How can we utilize our cognitive and cultural resources as we assume responsibility for the future of our species? Might the narrative of Big History serve as a foundation for a transcultural and transgenerational ethics? Being in dialogue with students and faculty about the questions arising from the 13.8-billion-year story of the universe is as fascinating as the history grounding First Year Experience is big."

Lindsey Dean - cropProfessor Dean is currently earning her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, with an emphasis in ethics and evolutionary theories in the study of religion. She received both her BA and MA in Humanities from Dominican and stayed on as a teaching assistant after graduation before commencing her PhD studies. Ms. Dean teaches a variety of courses, including Introductory Ethics and Philosophy and the Philosophy of Non-violence. In 2011, she was awarded a grant to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Dynamics of Cultural Unity and Diversity in Southeast Asia. Ms. Dean brings a keen understanding of the ethical and philosophical realms that pose intriguing questions about Big History, engaging students in an in-depth dialogue about the implications of Big History on the past, present, and future of humanity.