Jennifer Morgan: Books & Programs

Universe Story Trilogy

Cosmology for everyone, this is a story of the universe from the Big Bang to the formation of Earth, in the form of a letter written by the thirteen-billion-year-old universe itself to an Earthling.
The Universe continues with the story of Earth from the beginning of life up to the extinction of dinosaurs.
Covers the story of mammals from 65 million years ago to today, including the human story.

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The joy of having Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim in town

December 22, 2012

Tags: Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, Journey of the Universe, Princeton University

One of my greatest joys of the fall semester (2012) was having Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim in Princeton, my home town, where they taught a course in Religion and Ecology at the Princeton University. They have been friends for many years, but having them in town enabled us to deepen our friendship considerably. (more…)

First International Big History Conference

August 9, 2012

Tags: Big History, IBHA, International Big History Association

First International Big History Conference

Just returned from the first International Big History Association conference in Grand Rapids, MI, where I gave two presentations and moderated a panel. Founded in 2010, IBHA seeks to situate human history inside of cosmic history, inquiring through a multidisciplinary approach into the common themes and patterns that function on (more…)

Greening of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises

August 7, 2012

Tags: St. Ignatius, Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius Jesuit Center of Guelph

Was able to visit the Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph, Canada, on my way to the International Big History Association in Grand Rapids, MI. The former director, Fr. James Profit and I met in Ireland just a few weeks ago where I was able to experience first hand the way that he and others (more…)

Teacher Training in Montessori Cosmic Education (July 2012)

August 7, 2012

Tags: Evolution, teacher training, Montessori

Taught a full day workshop at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education in July which covered the story of life and the story of humans (2 and 3 in the Great Lessons). Maria Montessori insisted that storytelling should come first and study later, since storytelling can best ignite the imagination of the child (and all ages (more…)

Reporting from Drumalis, Northern Ireland

July 11, 2012

Tags: Retreat, Universe Story, Intimate universe, transformative universe

Just finished co-leading a retreat with Srs. Margaret Rose McSparran and Anne Harnett on "The Ways of the Universe" at the Drumalis Retreat and Conference Center. What a joy to be here in the land of one branch of my ancestors for a second year to give this retreat! The first day was on (more…)

I've reached rock star status . . . finally!

March 23, 2012

Tags: cosmic education

Just gave a program for parents at the San Francisco Montessori School. When I arrived at the school, Dr. David Shilt, notified me that I'd reached rock star status with the elementary students. Though the program was for parents a bunch of the students came too. It was a delight and a blast really. (more…)

The Universe . . . Mystery Unfolding, Retreat in Northern Ireland

July 11, 2011

Tags: Retreat, Universe Story, Images of God

I'm at the Drumalis Retreat and Conference Center in Larne, Northern Ireland preparing to co-lead a four day retreat titled: The Universe . . . Mystery Unfolding. Day 1 - The Universe Story; Day 2 - What's emerging now?; Day 3 - New Images of God; Day 4 - Art as a way to tune into the self transcendent impulse of (more…)

Earthrise Farm Creates BORN WITH A BANG Story Path

June 30, 2011

Tags: Cosmic Walk, Story Path

Earthrise Farm in Madison, MN, created large plaques of the spreads (illustrations and text) from Born With a Bang for an incredible journey of the universe walk in the woods. Here's a message I just received from Kay and Annette Fernholtz about the opening day walk:

Dear Jennifer and Dana,
Just want to let (more…)

Cosmic Story Cards and Timeline now available!

March 31, 2011

Tags: Cosmic Education, Teaching Materials, Timeline, Card Sets

This last weekend, Cosmic Story Cards and a Timeline based on Born With a Bang were released by and enthusiastically received at the AMS (American Montessori Society) conference in Chicago. The Cosmic Story Cards and Timeline package contains:

1. A large card set for the teachers to tell the story with the picture on (more…)

Teacher Training at The Barrie School, Silver Spring, MD

January 31, 2011

Tags: storytelling, cosmic education

With elementary student teachers at The Barrie School
The Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies at The Barrie School was founded in 1980 and offers Montessori teacher education programs leading to certification for the infant through elementary levels. Fifteen student teachers participated in a workshop on storytelling and cosmic education. A new thing I've added to teacher trainings and school visits is singing . . . what (more…)
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim teaching a course in Religion and Ecology at Princeton University (Fall 2012)

David Christian, founder and president, International Big History Association, at the first IBHA conference held in Grand Rapids, MI, August 2 - 5

On a panel with Montessori educators.

Storytelling at the International Big History conference, Aug. 2 - 5

With Fr. James Profit at the Ignatian Retreat Centre of Guelph, Canada

At the Princeton Center for Teacher Education, Montessori teachers in training act out the story of universe as part of a full day training in Cosmic Education.

With Srs. Anne Harnett and Margaret Rose at Drumalis, Larne (half hour east of Belfast on the Irish Sea), Northern Ireland

With Eli, Teo and Thea at the San Francisco Public Montessori School.

Opening of the BORN WITH A BANG Story Path at Earthrise Farm

BORN WITH A BANG Story Path at Earthrise Farm

Cosmic Story Timeline. Students sequence cards that tell the cosmic story along the mat size spiral timeline. To purchase contact at 866-546-8833.

Student teachers at The Barrie School acting out the story.

Teaching element formation through storytelling at Fraser-Woods Montessori School, Newtown, CT.

Fraser-Woods Montessori School.

With Judi Bauerlein (former president, American Montessori Society) and Iliano, owner of Baklava, a restaurant in Palo Alto where we had lunch. (11/30/10)

Telling the Chazy Reef Story on Isle La Motte, VT

Linda Fitch on piano and Claire Durand on flute for the Chazy Reef Story

Telling the Chazy Reef Story on Isle La Motte, VT

My Mom, also known as Maureen Morgan, in the garden.

With Suzanne Guthrie in the herb garden at Community of the Holy Spirit

Preparing brunch in the farm kichen at the Community of the Holy Spirit

Page from Barbara Morgan's notebook on the need for a cosmology for our time.

At the World Science Festival with Dr. Chad Orzel, author of How To Teach Physics to Your Dog.

With Dr. Andrew Zwicker, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab