January 10, 2011
Dear Forum colleagues,
We are pleased to announce recent and upcoming developments regarding the Journey of the Universe project, which is collaboration between Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Swimme. This project involves a website as well as a film, a book, and an educational DVD series, which will be available this year.
The goal of the Journey of the Universe is to tell the story of cosmic and Earth evolution drawing on the latest scientific knowledge. It aims to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis. Inspired by the New Story of Thomas Berry, a cultural historian who wrote The Universe Story with Swimme, the project evokes a shared sense of wonder as we find ourselves in the presence of the immense, complex, and self-organizing creativity of the universe and Earth. It also evokes a profound sense of responsibility for the future of the Earth community amidst the growing challenge of environmental degradation.
The website has the trailer for the film and further information about the book, the educational series, and other news and events related to the project. Please visit: www.journeyoftheuniverse.org
The San Francisco PBS station KQED is enthusiastic about the film and will broadcast it in 2011 in its final 60 minute version.
We will have an east coast premiere at Yale March 25 and a west coast premiere in San Francisco April 30. For more information about premieres, see: www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/news
We have also been accepted in the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol (www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org). We will conclude the festival on March 27 at the Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P St. NW, Washington, DC).
Yale University Press is publishing the book in June 2011. They are very supportive of the project and have had excellent reviewers and endorsements for the book. For more information, or to pre-order a copy of the book online, please visit: yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300171907
In June 2010 in the San Francisco Bay area Mary Evelyn interviewed 24 leading scientists and environmentalists to be part of the educational series. This led to great interest in using the film and book in classrooms and conferences for further study and conversation. The editing of this series of interviews is currently in the process of completion.
You can see that this is a big project – some 7 years in the making and more than 30 years since Thomas Berry first wrote The New Story in 1978.
Catherine Butler has been hired to assist with distribution and may be able to help with your questions regarding your own plans for showing the film or buying the book etc. You can contact her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker