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KEYNOTE

“Some Ideas on the History of the Universe, Cosmic Education and Why It Matters”

Dr. David Christian and Carla Foster

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE

Montessori has a very unique perspective on the history of humankind. How is it relevant in today's turbulent times? How can it enrich our understanding of what is happening and how does it help us deal with what is happening around the world?

BIOGRAPHY OF THE SPEAKERS

Dr. David Christian is Professor of History at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He earned a B.A. in History from Oxford University, an M.A. in Russian History from The University of Western Ontario, and a D.Phil. in 19th-Century Russian History from Oxford University. He previously taught at San Diego StateUniversity. Professor Christian's course on big history stems from an experimental history course he developed in the late 1980s with the help of colleagues in astronomy, geology, biology, anthropology, and prehistory. In addition to Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History (which won the 2005 World History Association Book Prize), Professor Christian is the author of numerous works including This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity. Professor Christian is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He was one of the editors of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History and also participated in the creation of the world history website World History for Us All.

Carla Foster has been the AMI Director of Diploma Course at Montessori Training Center of New England (MTCNE) the past few years and also works at the University College, Høgskolen i Vestfold og Buskerud, in Norway.

Carla holds a bachelor degree in Social Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies and a combined Masters degree in Old Icelandic Literature and Norwegian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has AMI 3-6 and 6-12 diplomas from MMI in London and the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee.  She has worked with children at the levels 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12, working in both private and public Montessori schools.  She has been an elementary trainer since 2011 and had the privilege of doing some of that training under Jean Miller at the Navadisha Montessori Institute in Chennai, India, and the rest under Ann Dunne in London, England.

Carla is originally from California, but has lived in Norway since 1995, where she had a 6-9 class for 12 years and consults for schools in Norway.  She has also taught ballet, modern dance, African dance and Irish dance for many years and has given workshops on writing and bringing drama, music and dance into the elementary classroom. Carla currently trains the 2nd 6-12 Diploma Course in Prague.

CONVERSATION PARTNER - Nina Johansen

Nina Johansen is the Executive Director of Montessori Norway, the national interest organisation for Montessori in Norway. She came across Montessori 15 year ago, after which she started working in a Montessori school. She worked in the capacity of a teacher, later assistant principal and principal of school. She is a Montessori parent of two children and currently she is finishing her AMI 6-12 Diploma Course with Carla Foster.

HOST OF THE DAY - Sue Pritzker

Sue Pritzker has been the Head of School at Childpeace Montessori School in Portland, Oregon for 30 years and has been a teacher and administrator for over 40 years. Sue is also past President of the MAA (Montessori Administrators Association), presenter for NAMTA, AMI USA, Primary Consultant for AMI USA and founding member of the Montessori Leaders Collaborative.