Cynthia Stokes Brown, a professor and popular author, explains how she came to write about Big History in this episode of Berkshire Bookworld. Big History is the study of how we all got here, from the Big Bang to the present day, and Cynthia has written and coauthored three books on the subject, including a textbook she wrote with David Christian and Craig Benjamin.
In this podcast, you’ll find out why her new book, Big History, Small World: From the Big Bang to You, published by Berkshire, is different, and why Cynthia has devoted herself to teaching this biggest of all histories. Big History, Small World is designed for those completely new to the subject, not only high school students but any reader who wants to know more about how we got here and what we know about the challenges that face all of us, across the globe, in the twenty-first century. We’ll be back with Cynthia next week to discuss how to bring big history into the classroom.
Length: 21 minutes.
Cynthia Stokes Brown has taught world history in high-school and trained high-school teachers at Dominican University of California, where she piloted big history courses and helped initiate the big history program now required for all freshmen. She is the author of the general-interest book on big history, Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present (New York: New Press, 2nd ed. 2012) and also wrote a university-level textbook with David Christian and Craig Benjamin, Big History: Between Nothing and Everything (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014). She is a founding member of the International Big History Association and associate editor of its publication, Origins.
Karen Christensen is the chief executive officer and founder of Berkshire Publishing Group and a writer specializing in sustainability and community with a focus on China. One of her recent projects was coediting Women and Leadership: History, Concepts, and Case Studies (A Berkshire Essential) with George R. Goethals and Crystal L. Hoyt of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.