In March 2011, the World Premiere of the Journey of the Universe film was held at Yale University. There were 5 screenings over 3 days. At the first showing, introduced by the Dean Peter Crane of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, there was a spontaneous standing ovation at the conclusion.
The premiere was surrounded by a two-day conference at Yale with some 35 scientists and humanists focused on exploring the implications of Journey of the Universe for teaching, research, and creative outreach. The conference concluded with a celebratory dinner on Saturday evening in the Hall of the Dinosaurs in Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, where Paul Winter played and the distinguished scientist, Tom Lovejoy, spoke.