Ari Makridakis

How the Universe Can Help You Unleash Your Inner Badass

Ari Makridakis is a cosmology teacher, whose classes focus primarily on sharing the new understanding of our universe emerging from contemporary science. In contrast to the idea of the cosmos as nothing more than a giant black box, Ari's passion is to introduce students to the universe as an inter-connected whole developing constantly towards more beauty and awareness. He is currently co-teaching at UC Berkeley and also offering cosmology courses to elementary and high-school age in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ari is also a graduate student at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he studies with the mathematical cosmologist and philosopher Brian Swimme. In addition to being an educator, Ari is also a professional visual artist. Over the last 5 years, his primary project has been making improvised video art in collaboration with an electronic musician named The Polish Ambassador. Together, they have played hundreds of shows across the country to audience as big as 10,000 people. Staying committed to his creative dreams has made Ari both a more fulfilled person and also a better teacher; when students feel his passion, it helps them to connect to their own.