Books: Richard Simon talks about teaching interdisciplinary history

Richard Simon discusses the book he co-edited, “Teaching Big History,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

“Big history” is a new field on a grand scale: It tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology and archeology, reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history.

“Teaching Big History” serves as a comprehensive guide for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around ‘big history.”

Simon is an adjunct professor of literature and languages at Dominican University of California, and has also been teaching creative writing, composition, and critical thinking at City College of San Francisco.

He is a contributing editor at Relix magazine. His writing on music, arts, culture, current affairs, and environmental issues has appeared in Rolling Stone, Juxtapoz, at MTV/VH1.com, on San Francisco’s NPR affiliate KQED, and elsewhere. For more on the Big History Project, go to bighistoryproject.com.