Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization

Started Oct 23

Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization

Discover our role as humans in the Earth community

Explore the unfolding of the universe, Earth, & humans by drawing upon science & the humanities.

About This Specialization

Use the links below to audit the courses at no cost: Course 1: Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life Course 2: Journey of the Universe: Weaving Knowledge and Action Course 3: The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times is a course series created by senior research scholars at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. The courses weave the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with the humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. The courses in this Specialization draw on the Emmy-award winning film, Journey of the Universe, the book from Yale University Press, and a series of 20 interviews with scientists and environmentalists, titled Journey Conversations. Each week there will be a brief commentary by Brian Thomas Swimme, co-author of the Journey book. As part of the Specialization, we investigate the life of Thomas Berry, a historian of world religions known for articulating a “new story” of the universe that explores the implications of the evolutionary sciences and cultural traditions for creating a flourishing future. The capstone course gives students an opportunity to bring together their learning in a project that explores ways in which the creativity of humans can be more deeply aligned with the creativity of universe and Earth processes.

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Courses
Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life

    Current session: Oct 23
    Commitment
    2 hours of viewing lectures/week and 2 hours of reading books and articles/week
    Subtitles
    English, Chinese (Simplified)

    About the Course

    Journey of the Universe weaves together the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. The course draws on the Emmy-award winning film, Journey of the Universe, and the book f
  2. COURSE 2

    Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action

    Current session: Oct 23
    Commitment
    2 hours of viewing lectures/week and 2 hours of reading books and articles/week
    Subtitles
    English, Chinese (Simplified)

    About the Course

    Journey of the Universe weaves together the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. This course draws on the Journey of the Universe Conversations, a series of 20 intervi
  3. COURSE 3

    The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community

    Current session: Oct 23
    Commitment
    7 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
    Subtitles
    English, Chinese (Simplified)

    About the Course

    Thomas Berry (1914-2009) was a historian of world religions and an early voice awakening moral sensibilities to the environmental crisis. He is known for articulating a “new story” of the universe that explores the implications of the evolutionary scie
  4. COURSE 4

    Living Cosmology

    Upcoming session: Nov 6
    Commitment
    6 weeks of study.
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Capstone Project

    The ecological and social challenges we are facing as a human species are multiple, complex, and vexing. The difficulty in finding viable solutions can often lead to a sense of disempowerment. Thomas Berry pointed a way forward with his understa

Creators

  • Yale University

    Since its founding in 1701, Yale has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations.

    For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines.

  • Mary Evelyn Tucker

    Mary Evelyn Tucker

    Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar
  • John Grim

    John Grim

    Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

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