On Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m., Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) and Ala Kukui Hana Retreat present the second conversation in the Man/Woman and Nature Series, "Journey of the Universe," in the McCoy Studio Theater.
The program will feature a film screening and conversation with two guest speakers, which will bring together discoveries in astronomy, biology, ecology, and traditional and indigenous wisdom.
Big science and big history in an epic story, this one-of-a-kind film was written by acclaimed author and philosopher Brian Swimme and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. Tucker will speak at the MACC screening.
Mary Evelyn Tucker, the writer and producer of “Journey of the Universe,” will speak at the screening of the film.
They weave a tapestry together that draws from scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology and biodiversity with insights in humanity, concerning the nature of the universe.
Their film recently won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary from the Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The duo also wrote a companion book, "Impact of Creation Cosmologies."
The other guest speaker, Dr. Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele, is the foremost scholar of Hawai'i's creation myth and a Hawaiian cultural practitioner. She won the coveted Samuel M. Kamakau Award for 2012 Hawai'i Book of the Year for "Ka Honua Ola - 'Eli'eli Kau Mai: The Living Earth - Descend, Deepen the Revelation" in the category of Hawaiian Language, Culture and History.
The program will be moderated by John DeFries, president of Friends of the Future, an organization based on Native Hawaiian cultural practices and traditions. DeFries also served as moderator for the Dalai Lama on his visit to Hawai'i earlier this year.
Tickets are on sale for $10; call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to MauiArts.org.
To learn more about the film, visit JourneyoftheUniverse.org.