Ecological Cosmologies: Epic Stories and Great Work

January 18, 2018 - 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

**Due to the inclement weather, this event will take place on January 18, 2018, from 12 PM to 3 PM in the home of Professor Duara.

Address: Prasenjit and Juliette Duara
21 Brookside Place
Durham, NC 27705
Home 984 219 1581
Juliette’s mobile 919 344 4272
Prasenjit’s mobile 919 344 3212 (least heard)

Lunch will be provided.


Journey of the Universe
Journey of the Universe narrates a 14 billion year story of universe unfolding, from the origin moment to planetary life. This is one telling of an epic story intended to inspire both awe and action through fusing the sciences and the humanities. Such an evolutionary cosmology encourages rethinking how humans are part of a macro scale universe, even as it promotes local practices creating biodiverse cultures, economies, and politics on the micro scale.

The Journey film and book invite us to reflect on our role and responsibility to the flourishing of communities within evolutionary cosmology. How can the life of ecosystems and species be enhanced by humans, not irrevocably damaged? The Journey Conversations explore in what ways humans can contribute to the “great work” of building sustainable cities, resilient food systems, ecological economies, and alternative energies. As planetary citizens we are asking: How can our creativity be aligned with Earth’s creativity?

Discussion with executive producers
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University
John Grim, Yale University


This documentary presents the complex reciprocal saturation of human communities, gods, Buddha Dharma, and natural landscape marked with religious and cosmological significance. Through the narratives of a father and a son, this film illustrates both the transcendental and inter-sentient dimensions of Tibetan sacred sites and of their ecological significance. It documents a ritualized relationship of people and the place of their dwelling and natural surroundings. The juxtaposition of the cinematic narratives of the father and the son brings the audience a new sublime height of eco-spiritual reflections on the present and future states of our Planet Earth.

Contact name


  • Asian/Pacific Studies Institute
  • Global Asia Initiative