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Big History, Big Problems, Big Questions

William Grassie

William Grassie introduces the Metanexus symposium on Teaching Big History with a short talk entitled "Big History, Big Problems, Big Questions."

William Grassie is the founder and executive director of the Metanexus Institute. A teacher, independent scholar, activist, and impresario, Grassie studied political science at Middledury College and received a doctorate in religion from Temple University. He has taught in a variety of positions at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has travelled widely and lived abroad in Jerusalem, West Berlin and most recently Kandy, Sri Lanka, where he served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya. A recipient of a number of academic awards and grants from the American Friends Service Committee, the Roothbert Fellowship and the John Templeton Foundation, Grassie is a regular contributor to www.metanexus.net and author of The New Sciences of Religion (2010), Politics by Other Means (2010), and Transhumanism and Its Critics(2011).

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