Enduring Questions: Alternative Cosmologies

July 1, 2011
Cosmological scene showing concentric circles depicting creation.
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Cosmological scene showing concentric circles depicting creation. Illus. in: Mutus liber / Altus. 1702, pl. 3.

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History professor J.B. Shank of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, used an Enduring Questions grant to develop a course on comparative cosmology that features ancient, modern, Western and non-Western models. Shank devoted his preparation time primarily to studying non-Western cosmologies with faculty from the Asian Languages and Literatures and the American Indian departments at the university.

The course Shank developed includes Hindu Vedic, Native American, and Islamic cosmologies, along with Greco-Roman and modern scientific perspectives. As an Enduring Questions course, it introduces students to core texts from a range of historical periods and encourages them to think beyond disciplinary boundaries.

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AQ-50223-10, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)

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