Chestnut Hill College to Present Screening of "Journey of the Universe" College Observatory to be Open for Star Gazing

Release Date: Monday, November 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will show the film “Journey of the Universe: The Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation” on Monday, November 26, at 7 p.m. in the East Parlor of St. Joseph Hall. Beginning at 8:30 p.m., following the screening, weather permitting, guests will be able to visit the College’s observatory and look through its 14-inch Celestron telescope.


“Journey of the Universe” follows cosmic, earth and human transformation. The dramatic, expansive film re-imagines the creation of the universe and reframes the human connection to the cosmos. The film, created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars and award-winning filmmakers, was filmed on the Greek island of Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras. The film, which is narrated and co-written by evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme, was also written by Yale religion historian Mary Evelyn Tucker. A discussion will follow the screening, featuring Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D., and John Grim, Ph.D.


John Grim, a senior lecturer and senior research scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is also co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale along with his wife, Mary Evelyn Tucker. Grim is the president of the American Teilhard Association and series editor of “World Religions and Ecology” from the Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions. He has taught at Bucknell University and at Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of several books, including “The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians.”


Mary Evelyn Tucker is a senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University. She has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well the Divinity School and the department of religious studies. Tucker’s special area of study is Asian religions. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism and has been a research associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard since 1997. She has published several works on Confucianism, her most recent being “The Philosophy of Qi.” Tucker teaches in the joint M.A. program in religion and ecology and co-directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale.


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, at 215.248.7197 or