Section XI: Reimagining and Reinventing Culture

Track 1: Journey of the Universe and Inclusive History as A Context of Meaning 
(Mary Evelyn Tucker)

The intertwined ecological and social crises of our time have given rise to the ongoing fragmentation of human-Earth relations. Moreover, reductionist science as a worldview has contributed to the objectification and subsequent exploitation of nature. We are in need of a comprehensive and inclusive story encompassing universe, Earth, and human history. Such an  evolutionary narrative embeds humans within the deep time of a 14 billion year universe. It also locates us within the dynamic processes of Earth’s creative unfolding. This track will begin with showing and discussing the Emmy award winning “Journey of the Universe” film. It will continue exploring the human story and our awakening to a new understanding of our critical role at this moment in the Universe Story. We will examine the ways in which the Great Work of transformation in our time is being inspired by the epic story of evolution.


Fri June 5, 2015


1) Journey of the Universe film showing:

Response by Lucy Wilson, Loyola Marymount University

Followed by General discussion


2) The Nature of Cosmology:

Brian Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

Paul Harris, Loyola Marymount University

Sat June 6, 2015


3) Gaia, Earth Law, and Cosmology:

Sean Kelly, California Institute of Integral Studies

Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center


4) From World History to Big History:

Cynthia Brown, Dominican University, emeritus

Lowell Gustafson, Villanova University


5) Cosmopolitics and the Big Journey:

Sam Mickey, University of San Francisco

Kim Carfore, California Institute of Integral Studies

Adam Robbert, California Institute of Integral Studies

Sun June 7, 2015


6) Living Cosmologies in the World’s Religions:

Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

Chris Ives, Stonehill College

James Miller, Queens University


7) Ecology, Economics, and Cosmology:

Char Miller, Claremont

Richard Norgaard, UC Berkeley


8) Time and Flow in Cosmology and Race:

Elizabeth McAnally, California Institute of Integral Studies

Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, Breakthrough Communities