Alumna and Big History collaboration

Sep 25, 2012 No Comments by

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Dominican University alumna Maia Kobabe, class of 2011, continues to live the Dominican ideals of study, reflection, service and community through her work with the Big History program.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and minor in Art History, she puts her undergraduate studies to work collaborating with the Big History faculty to produce illustrations of skulls for students in the First Year Experience course.

Kobabe’s artwork provides a useful visual aid for comparative anatomy, helping students understand the stages of human evolution.

“I think the Big History program is fantastic, I only wish it had existed when I was a student!”

— Maia Kobabe, DU alumna

As students in Big History delve into the emergence of human life, their exercises are enhanced as a result of the collaboration, an

(Illustration/ Maia Kobabe)  The cover of the book “The Jericho River” illustrated by Dominican University alumna Maia Kobabe.

d Kobabe’s work is expected to be published in a textbook.

The illustration project for Big History is just one of many opportunities for Kobabe since she graduated last year.

She recently completed illustrations for the adult fantasy novel, “The Jericho River,” which depict ancient Middle Eastern and early Western civilizations.

Kobabe also completed  a short comic book entitled, “The Thief’s Tale,” which was a project that began in a comics class here at Dominican last spring.

Reflecting on her experience working with Dominican faculty, Kobabe claims it was very exciting to work on illustrations that will actually be used at the university, and also published in a book written by Dominican professors.

“I think the Big History program is fantastic,” says Kobabe. “I only wish it had existed when I was a student!”




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