2012 International Big History Association Inaugural Conference

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August 2-5, 2012

“Teaching and Researching Big History:
Exploring a New Scholarly Field”

 

Check out The Stone Age Institute's big history project, From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web.


Co-Directors Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick will lecture and chair sessions

 

"Thinking on Cosmological Scales "

Friday, August 3, 2012
Session II, 11:00am-12:30pm; Panel 7, Room DEV 117E

Chair: Kathy Schick and Nick Toth (co-chairs), Co-Directors, Stone Age Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

Presenter 1: “Beyond Big History” | Todd Duncan, Director of Science Integration Institute / Physics Instructor, Portland Community College

Presenter 2: “Galactic-scale Macro-engineering: Looking for Signs of Other Intelligent Humanoid Species, as an Exercise in Hope for our own” | Joseph Voros, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Foresight, Swinburne University of Technology / Melbourne, Australia

Presenter 3: “An Experience in Perceiving Cosmological Scales” | Kevin W. Kelley, Infinitaas Creator, Co-Founder, Metanoiaa

 

"Big History and Human Evolution I"

Friday, August 3, 2012
Session III, 1:30pm-3:00pm; Panel 9, Room DEV 109D

Chair: Kathy Schick, Co-Directors, Stone Age Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

Presenter 1: “The Tyranny of the Prefrontal Cortex” | Jeremy Lent, Independent Scholar

Presenter 2: “Integrating Hominid Evolution into a Big History Perspective on Humanity’s Common Past” | John Mears, Professor of History, Southern Methodist University

Presenter 3: “Big History and Human Evolutionary Studies: New Developments, Discoveries, and Paradigm Shifts” | Nick Toth, Co-Director, Stone Age Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

 

"Big History and Human Evolution II"

Friday, August 3, 2012
Session IV, 3:30pm-5:00pm; Panel 16, Room DEV 119E

Co-Chairs: Kathy Schick and Nick Toth, Co-Directors, Stone Age Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

Presenter 1: “Big Evolution: Two Faces of Humanity’s Shift from the Given to the Made” | Walter Truett Anderson, Past-President World Academy of Art and Science, Author, Independent Political Scientist and Social Psychologist

Presenter 2: “Mechanoevolution: An Examination of the Coevolution of Humans and Technology” | Bradley Layton, University of Montana College of Technology

Presenter 3: “Economics as a Physical Science” | Dennis O. Flynn, University of the Pacific (co-author, Jeannette Graulau, Lehman College)

 

"Coping with the Learning Curve"

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Session VII, 9:00am-10:30am; Panel 28, Room DEV 109D

Chair: Barry Wood, Professor of English, University of Houston

Participant 1: Cameron Gibelyou, Coordinator of Teaching, Programming, and Innovation, University of Michigan / Multidisciplinary Lecturer and Instructional Consultant

Participant 2: Barry Rodrigue, The Collaborative of Global and Big History, University of Southern Maine

Participant 3: Kathy Schick, Co-Director, Stone Age Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

Participant 4: David Shimabukuro, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley

 

"Evolutionary Approaches to Big History"

Sunday, August 5
Session IX, 1:45pm–3:15pm; Panel 38, Room DEV 117E

Chair: Andrew Peterson, University of Hawaii

Presenter 1: “Empirical Proof of the Continuity and Common Principle of Major Events of Big History” | Richard L. Coren, Emeritus Professor, Drexel University

Presenter 2: “Generous Genes and the Tree of Life” | Cathy Russell, Epic of Evolution.com

Presenter 3: “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: A Framework for Approaching Big History” | Kathy Schick, Co-Director, Stone Age Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington

 

Check out The Stone Age Institute's big history project, From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web.

 

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