ONE DAY UNIVERSE

 

A CELEBRATION OF
BIG HISTORY

FROM THE BIG BANG
TO THE 21ST CENTURY


New York City
 

 

One Day Universe

Big History is a single narrative account of the 13.7 billion-year history of our universe, the 4.5 billion-year evolution of our planet, the 6 million-year rise of our species, and the 10,000-year accelerating drama of human civilization. It is a handbook in global 21st century citizenship and a foundation for systemic improvement of our STEM education.

One Day Universe will bring together the brightest and most innovative minds in science, technology, engineering, math, and beyond for an inspired and entertaining conference featuring short-format talks, workshops, exhibitions, and Little Big History interactive experiences.

 

Why Big History?

Why Big History?

Big History is a framework 
for learning anything and everything. Sounds simple but it has the power to engage and teach students multi-dimensional thinking by approaching the history of our universe, planet and species through a unified understanding of science 

 

OLD: Traditionally, subjects like science are 
taught through separate specializations (biology, chemistry, environmental science) while history is divided into different time periods and geographic regions. Many think this disjointed approach is to blame for the lack of public understanding and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

 

NEW: Big History integrates these different specializations, periods and regions into a curriculum resulting in a single narrative account 
of the 13.7 billion-year history of our universe, the 4.5 billion-year evolution of our planet, the 6 million-year rise of our species, and the 10,000-year accelerating drama of human civilization.

 

Speakers

Shara Bailey
Anthropology, New York University




From Pleistocene Hominids to Modern Humans. The Archeology of Human Origins.
38
Bob Bain
History, University of Michigan




If You Can't Solve a Problem, Enlarge It: Big History in Our Schools.
43
Sarbani Basu
Astronomy, Yale University




An Intimate Introduction to Our Sun, the All Important Power for Life on Earth.
39
Eric Beinhocker
Economics, Oxford University





The Great Leap Forward: A Little Big History of Economics.
19
Heather Berlin
Neuroscience, Mount Sinai
School of Medicine




From Cells to Brains to Minds: The Emergence of Consciousness.
7
David Bolinsky
Medical Illustrator,
e.mersion Studio




Animating Life: Visualizing the Inner Life of a Cell.
16
Baba Brinkman
Rapper, Independent Artist




A Rap Guide to Evolution. Understanding People to the Beat of Natural Selection.
21
David Christian
History, Macquarie University




Collective Learning: A New Threshold in the Journey of the Universe and Ourselves.
5
Alexis Gambis
Filmmaker, Imagine Science Films





A Little Big History of Vision from Photons to Film.
18
Scott Gilbert
Biology, Swarthmore College





E Pluribus Unum. Ex Uno, Multi. The Epigenetics of Life.
22
William Grassie
Founder, Metanexus Institute





The Evolution of Religion: Spirituality from the Bottom-Up
4
Paul Hoffman
CEO, Liberty Science Center




The Miracle of Mathematics. Mapping Deep Structure of the Universe.
6
Nina Jablonski
Anthropology, Pennsylvania
State University




How Humans Became the Hairless Ape with Skin Color
41
Janna Levin
Physics, Columbia University





Our Evolving Universe. Adventures in Space-Time.
40
Gary Marcus
Psychology, New York University




Encoding the Brain. Language, Music, Culture, and the Unfinished Mind.
8
Robert Mankoff
Cartoonist, The New Yorker





Humor and Anti-Humor: A Little Big History of Comedy.
42
Rodrigo Martinez
Biohacker, IDEO




The Evolution of Artifacts. A Little Big History of Design & Technology.
20
Donna Shillington
Geology, Columbia University





Our Restless Planet: The New Geology of Earth.
44
Carl Zimmer
Journalism, Yale University





Parasites, Pathogens, and People: The Co-Evolution of Diseases.
15
Julie Beth Zimmerman
Environmental Engineering,
Yale University




Molecular Magic: a Little Big History of Water.
37
More to Come

One Day Universe will bring together the brightest and most innovative minds in science, technology, engineering, math, and beyond.

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Program

Cosmos

Beginning with the Big Bang, this segment will address the development of the early Universe, the Standard Model, unanswered cosmological questions, and how we have come to understand our own place in this enormously fascinating Universe.

Microcosmos

Physicists, chemists and biologists will discuss the evolution of matter from the first subatomic particles to the emergence of life. These experts will explain the proceses from which complex chemicals emerged and how those chemicals gave rise to life.

Earth

Geologists will discuss the intricate processes and systems that are constantly reshaping the Earth and its biosphere. These presenters will reflect on how the Earth was formed and how its geological processes have contributed to the evolution of life.

Human History

This segment will address human evolution and its relationship with the studies of anthropology, philosophy, psychology, economics, sociology, religion and more. Central themes include collective learning, agriculture, social networks, and more.

Anthropocene

A newly-coined term, the Anthropocene refers to a geological period characterized by a human-dominated environment. This segment will address the challenges of the 21st century in light of this emerging reality of pervasive human influence.

Little Big Histories

Interspersed throughout the day, these interdisciplinary, multi-dimensional segments will hopscotch through the history of our universe by exploring common themes like: water, energy, food, fashion, economics, alcohol, architecture and more!

Venue

VENUE

Date and venue to be determined.

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