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Teaching Big History
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Big Historian Craig Benjamin reviews Teaching Big History in the new issue of The History Teacher:

The prospect of teaching such an enormous, cross-disciplinary course can be daunting to even the most experienced college instructor, which is why Teaching Big History is such a valuable resource. The editors and their authors have essentially created a comprehensive guide for designing, teaching,...
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Maybe it's Mars trilogy fatigue. I'd been hesitant to start the third book in the trilogy immediately after ploughing through Red and Green Mars. But Blue Mars felt a bit flat. Robinson's world creation, epic grandeur, and mastery of the sciences -- ...more
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date: March 07, 2015 07:00PM
location: Elliot Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA, The United States
description: Along with Dominican University of California faculty colleagues Mojgan Benjamin and Thomas Burke, Richard B. Simon has been devising a broad-scaled approach to reading, writing, and teaching history, what has come to be called Big History. He is here tonight with a big book explicating all of this, Teaching Big History (University of California Press).

“In the twenty-second century, when Big History is taught in every university around our planet, future scholars of intellectual history detaili
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WOW. A gorgeous and brutal and epic graphic novel.

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