MQ - UoW

Macquarie University and University of Wollongong special event:

 Big History, interdisciplinarity and secondary education


Date: Thursday 23 June 2016

Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Venue: McKinnon Building, Level 1, University of Wollongong

Cost: Free

Register to attend here

About the event 

Big History connects knowledge and tells the story of the universe from the Big Bang to our complex modern societies by drawing on insights from disciplines such as astronomy, physics, biology, archaeology, history and economics.

Students of the 21st century require a specific set of skills to successfully meet the challenges they will face in the future. Big History empowers students to meet these challenges by developing their sense of perspective, improving their critical thinking skills, and by demonstrating the links between disciplines to help make sense of the big picture.

Challenges of the 21st century are complex, complicated and connected. How do we equip students with tools that empower them to be innovative problem solvers who can meet these challenges?

Macquarie University is partnering with the University of Wollongong to host this event bringing together experts to explore the role of interdisciplinary courses such as Big History in providing students with enhanced critical thinking, critical literacy and problem solving skills, enabling them to be innovative global citizens.


5.30pm:  Registration and refreshments
6.00pm: Welcome and Introduction (Tracy Sullivan, Education Leader, Big History Institute, Macquarie University)
6.15pm: What is Big History and Future of Education (Professor David Christian, Director, Big History Institute, Macquarie University)
7.00pm:  Panel discussion - Big History, Interdisciplinarity & Secondary Education
(Professor Bert Roberts, University of Wollongong, Associate Professor Greg Melleuish, University of Wollongong, Dr. Sarah Howard, University of Wollongong and Jonathon Dallimore, Smiths Hill High School - Chaired by Professor David Christian)
7.30pm: Close


Download the Big History, interdisciplinarity and secondary education event flyer