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Volume 6 • Number 3

October 2009

Editor's Message  

Forum on Big History

by Craig Benjamin, Guest Editor
Big History: The Emergence of an Interdisciplinary Science?
by Fred Spier
"A child said, 'What is the grass?'": Reflections on the Big History of the Poaceae
by Jonathan Markley
A Geologial Perspective on Big History
by Walter Alvarez
What Is a Civilization, Anyway?
by Cynthia Stokes Brown
"Contingency, Pattern and the S-curve in Human History"
by David Christian
'The Convergence of Logic, Faith and Values in the Modern Creation Myth'
by Craig Benjamin
Challenges and Opportunities: Reflections on Teaching Big History Discussion Sections
by Lauren McArthur Harris and Sarah Hamilton


A Big History Directory, 2009: An Introduction
by Barry Rodrigue and Daniel Stasko
Bringing Big History Down to Classroom Size: Concepts and Resources
by John Maunu
Using a Japanese War Crime Trial Simulation to Expand Students' Understanding of the Roots of Wartime Atrocities, Mass Killings and Genocide
by Anthony Pattiz
Engaging Students to Act Like Historians: Ideas to Entice Thoughtful Collaboration and Positive Interactions Before Students Begin to Complain that History is Boring!
by James A. Diskant
Why do students find reading history challenging?
by Sharon Cohen


Interview with John McNeill
by Tom Laichas

Featured Review

A Short History of Big History
by William Everdell

Book Reviews

Mazower, Mark, Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 14301950
by Steve Goldberg
Genet, Cheryl, Russell Genet,, eds., The Evolutionary Epic: Science's Story and Humanity's Response
by Helen Grady
Yasutaro (Keiho) Soga, Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawai'i Issei
by Alan Rosenfeld

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