This episode features a conversation on Teaching Journey of the Universe with Tom Collins and Bindhu Mohanty.
Tom has taught secondary students in independent schools for over 20 years. He developed a yearlong interdisciplinary Universe Story course that was taught to seniors at the Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida. Tom currently teaches in the Religion and Philosophy department at the Lawrenceville School.
Bindu Mohanty is a writer and teacher and has lived in Auroville, an international community in southern India since 1994. Recognized by the United Nations as an experiment in human unity, Auroville founded in 1968 is based on the evolutionary vision of Sri Aurobindo. Her current research interests include interpersonal dynamics and social evolution.
Our host is Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and professor at Yale University.
In this conversation, Tom and Bindu describe how learning the universe story has allowed high school and college students to experience an expanded sense of self and to transform despair into a sense of hope and empowerment.
We hope you enjoy the Journey!
What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe?
What roles do we play in Earth's history?
How do we connect with the intricate web of life?
This podcast series is part of a larger project called Journey of the Universe that invites us to reflect on these questions. It consists of a film, a book, a series of conversations, and online classes.
The creators of the Journey project imagine that by knowing more about the universe and Earth we will also know more about ourselves. This may give us grounds for navigating our own journey in challenging times.
How did we come to be part of this universe story?
How do we belong and how can we participate in its future flourishing?
This series is a gateway into exploring these questions.
In these podcasts of the Journey of the Universe Conversations we will meet scientists and historians, environmentalists and teachers, gardeners and urban planners. All of them are reflecting on how we can be more fully alive in this context of participating in a universe story.
Connect deeply with these materials and more via the Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization, a series of Massive Online Open Courses hosted by Coursera and created by Yale.
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