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Int'l speakers featured in HAU's 1st Big History Conference

Holy Angel University's recently concluded 1st International Research Conference on Big History featured three research experts, authors about Big History, and international scholars from the US as plenary speakers, namely: Dr. Mojgan Behmand, the Dean of General Studies at Dominican University of California; Dr. John F. Haught, a distinguished research professor, Georgetown University, Washington DC; and Dr. Daniel Hauser, professor of Theology at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

A pre-conference welcomed the event on May 22 featuring the lecture on “Science, Religion, and the Quest for Cosmic Purpose: Scientific Discovery and the Reasonableness of Hope”, delivered by Dr. Haught.

The conference proper started on May 23 with welcome messages from Dr. Ruby P. Henson, Head of Academic Research Office; and Ms. Lora L. Yusi, Chief Education Program Specialist of Commission on Higher Education-Regional Office III. This was followed by a Keynote Address delivered by University President Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo.

Later in the morning, the Plenary Session 1 with the topic "Big History, A Curriculum for the Twenty-First Century“ was discussed by Dr. Behmand. The second session, led by Dr. Alma S. Espartinez, Vice President for Academic Affairs, talked about "Big History Thresholds 1-9”. This was followed by the topic “Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary: Its Evolving Mission” from Fr. Fernando Bugarin, Executive Director and Sr. Nora Maulawin, MM, Board of Trustee - Secretary of Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary in Baguio City.

Dr. Haught discussed “Inside Our Awakening Universe: Religion and Big History” for the Plenary Session 3; “Crossing the Threshold of Hope Through the Lens of Big History” was delivered by Dr. Espartinez for Plenary Session 4; and finally "Engaging Big History: A Catholic Reflection on the Project" was discussed by Dr. Hauser for the Plenary Session 5.

Parallel sessions at the PGN Building were also held after the plenary sessions where individual research entries on Big History were presented by researchers. Three mentee-institutions also participated in the conference, namely Bataan Peninsula State University, University of the Assumption, and Columban College.

The 1st International Research Conference on Big History is part of the culminating experience of the P12-million Institutional Development and Innovation Grant from the Commission on Higher Education. It brought together experts in the field for a comprehensive overview of Big History. It also provided an avenue to pre

Date Posted: 05-28-2018