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Healing and Revisioning

Belvie Rooks describes how teaching the story of the universe has empowered African American youth to contextualize slavery, envision healing and reconciliation, and image a better future through a broader sense of self and of place.
Online
2015; 2011
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The Passion of Animals

In this film paleontologist Scott Sampson from the Utah Museum of Natural History discusses evolution and the role of the human species in evolution citing co-evolution, natural selection, and extinctions. He details his journey into paleontology and paleontology's importance in the field of sciences.
Online
2015; 2011
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Life’s Emergence

Ursula Goodenough, Biology Department, Washington University, and Terry Deacon, Anthropology Department, University of California, Berkeley, explore the complexities of the emergence of the first cells and the intricate patterning found in DNA and multicellular organisms.
Online
2015; 2011
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Becoming a Planetary Presence

Cynthia Brown, Professor Emerita, Dominican University of California, describes the “big history” approach to understanding the role of the human in relation to the historical unfolding of the cosmos and Earth. She highlights key threshold moments of evolutionary change.
Online
2015; 2011
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Beginning of the Universe

Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, describes the emergence of the universe, the universe’s expansion, and the formation of the first elements, stars, and galaxies. This conversation also includes explanations of cold dark matter and dark energy.
Online
2015; 2011
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Sustainable Energy

Paula Gonzalez, SC, EarthConnection, Cincinnati, narrates the efforts of Catholic sisters to harness solar power and other natural systems as a means of protecting the Earth community and participating in the story of the universe.
Online
2015; 2011
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The Birth of the Solar System

Craig Kochel, Geology Department, Bucknell University, describes the evolution of our solar system and its planets. Included in this conversation are the origins of the Moon, the creative dynamism of plate tectonics, and the impact of geology on Earth’s biology.
Online
2015; 2011
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Galaxies Forming

Todd Duncan, Science Integration Institute, Portland, and Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, explore the formation of galaxies from the hot, energetic state of the early universe. These interviews cover topics ranging from the shapes of galaxies to the formation of the Milky Way.
Online
2015; 2011
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Ecological Economics

Richard Norgaard, Energy and Resources Program, University of California, Berkeley, surveys the history of human economies and the myths and premises of current economic practices. In place of our ecologically destructive practices, he endorses an ecological economics that emphasizes care, co-evolution, and protection from the environment.
Online
2015; 2011
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The Origin of the Human

Drawing upon the history of early humans and highlighting contemporary indigenous lifeways, John Grim, School of Forestry, and Environmental Studies, Yale University, and Melissa Nelson, American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University, explain the sustaining power of ritual and celebratory acts that locate humans within the rhythms of Earth’s transformative systems.
Online
2015; 2011
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The Emanating Brilliance of Stars

Joel Primack, Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz and Todd Duncan, Science Integration Institute, Portland, describes the emergence and death of stars. They trace the elements found in all life on Earth, including those found in our bodies, back to supernova explosions.
Online
2015; 2011
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Myth, Metaphors and Identities

Nancy Abrams, Attorney and Co-Author, The New Universe and the Human Futureand Sachiko Kawaura, Department of Psychology and Human Relations, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, highlight the role of myth, metaphor, and art in broadening and deepening our understanding of human identity within a cosmological context.
Online
2015; 2011
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Eco-Cities [electronic resource]

Cities originated as a means to trading and some ancient designs could still be used today. By emphasizing an organic and evolutionary whole-city perspective, Founder of Ecocity Builders Richard Register draws attention to the imaginative ways in which cities are being rethought and rebuilt around the planet for a flourishing, sustainable future.
Online
2015; 2011
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Permaculture [electronic resource]

Penny Livingston, of the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California, leads viewers through the history of permaculture and its principles. She discusses permaculture as an agricultural practice that increases biodiversity and helps us to understand our place in the ecosystem. She also touches on other food system trends, including seasonal eating and community supported agriculture.
Online
2015; 2011
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Arts and Justice [electronic resource]

Poet, environmental activist and founder of Planetize the Movement, Berkely, Drew Dellinger explains that art gives us access to deep truths about the Universe and liberates us from exploitative modern thinking. Writer Marya Grathwohl an Oldenburg Franciscan Sister, writer and founder of Earth Hope, Wyoming describes her participation in a Crow Sundance, which brought her spiritual transformation.
Online
2015; 2011
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Breakthrough Communities [electronic resource]

Humanity has a pivotal, long-term role in the health of our planet and global community. Carl Anthony of Oakland, California tells how the universe story expanded his understanding of race and environmental justice. With a focus on urban and metropolitan areas, he explains the practical implications of a functional cosmology for sustainable community development.
Online
2015; 2011
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Indigenous Ways of Knowing [electronic resource]

David Begay, Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University and Nancy Maryboy, President and Founder of Indigenous Education Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico invite us to understand Navajo ways of knowing. They describe a worldview that is place-based, emphasizes kinship and connection, and intimately orients the human within an interrelated and unified cosmos.
Online
2015; 2011
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Teaching Journey of the Universe [electronic resource]

Epics embody the goals and ethics of a culture and Big History provides insight into the human connection with Earth. Tom Collins of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Lawrenceville School and teacher Bindu Mohanty describe how learning The Universe Story allows high school and college students to experience an expanded sense of self and become mindful of working toward a sustainable future.
Online
2015; 2011