Philip Novak

"By virtue of recent stunning advances across the sciences, human beings of all times and places now have a single origin story—recognized and accepted wherever scientific evidence and rationality are valued. It changes everything, placing all our cultures, our arts, our religions, and indeed all human activity in a new light. Big History is nothing less than the careful telling of this new story, and teaching it is nothing less than participating in the cultural re-coding of our species. It is hard to imagine a more crucial element of the general education of the world’s current and future generations than this."

Phil Novak - cropA former dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Dominican, Dr. Novak (BA Notre Dame, MA and PhD Syracuse) proposed and successfully championed the idea of Big History as the foundational course in a new general education program. A philosopher of religion and popular teacher for more than 30 years, Dr. Novak joins Dominican’s Big History team as a professor, curriculum consultant, and faculty developer. He is the author of more than 40 articles and reviews and such books as The World’s Wisdom: Sacred Texts from the World’s Religions, The Vision of Nietzsche, and Buddhism: A Concise Introduction.