Neal Wolfe

"Big History is valuable in a 21st-century liberal education because—as impossible a task as it is to construct any history truthfully, especially the history of the universe—if the universe began as a point the size of an atom, everything that is was implicit in the very beginning, including us and every other thing. It is the story of who and what we really are."

Neal Wolfe - cropProfessor Wolfe earned his Master of Humanities degree with an emphasis in Art History at Dominican, previously earning a BA in English from Pennsylvania State University and completing coursework in Environmental Ethics at Cornell University. Drawing on his many years as a professional stained glass artist, his masters' thesis, Sacred Circles of Light, examines stained glass rose windows in the San Francisco Bay Area in the context of the rose window tradition, which flowered in Europe during the late middle ages.

Mr. Wolfe began teaching at Dominican in 2003 and was a member of the core faculty that created and implemented the Big History program. He taught in the program from its inception in 2010; he was appointed program Director in 2013, and he served in that capacity until his passing in 2014. His passion for Big History lives on in his multiple contributions to Teaching Big History (2014), including the chapters “The Case for Awe” and “Challenges in Teaching Possible Futures.”