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From the Big Bang to the Big Crunch: Ultimate World HistoryDate:
September 13, 2006
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Our topic for today’s meeting is From the Big Bang to the Big Crunch: Ultimate World History. It was presented by Dr. Craig Benjamin, who is an assistant professor of history at Grand Valley State University. Most traditional history courses are about the study of different individuals, cultures, nations and eras, and of change in the human condition. But by breaking the vast span of history into smaller and smaller fragments, our understanding of the past has become fragmented and almost meaningless. In this presentation on Ultimate World History, Professor Benjamin attempts to construct a more unified account by bringing together many of the answers modern civilization has provided to the great questions from the past into a single coherent narrative.
About Craig Benjamin, PhD
AssistantProfessor of History, Grand Valley State University
A native of Australia, Craig earned his PhD at Macquarie University in Sydney, and moved to Grand Rapids in 2003 to take up his position at GVSU. Dr. Benjamin’s twin areas of academic specialization are ancient Central Asia and world history theory and practice. He is the author and editor of numerous published articles, chapters and books, and teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate history courses at Grand Valley.