Humanity’s Role in Earth’s Future

Humanity's Role in Earth's Future:
Challenges and Opportunities from Scientific and Religious Perspectives

How people view their relationship to nature is shaped by scientific and religious perspectives. Traditional religions, especially western religions, have often highlighted various interpretations of human dominion over nature. In this program we invite all to consider new scientific understandings about human evolution in the natural world, and the opportunities and challenges afforded for integrating religious and scientific perspectives on Earth’s future.

This program is part of the efforts of the Broader Social Impacts Committee (BSIC), which was formed by the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Initiative to assist in public communication and dialogue surrounding the exhibition ‘What Does It Mean To Be Human?’ and outreach efforts on human origins to the public beyond the museum. The Committee is comprised of people from diverse religious communities and philosophical perspectives from around the United States.

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014

Time: 3:30–5:00 pm

Location: Q?rius (Ground floor), National Museum of Natural History (10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC)

This event is free and open to the public.

Panel Participants:

* Rev. Dr. Betty Holley (Professor of Environmental Ethics and African American Religious Studies, Payne Theological Seminary)
* Dr. Randall Isaac (Executive Director, American Scientific Affiliation)
* Dr. Jim Miller (President, Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith - moderator)
* Dr. Rick Potts (Director, Smithsonian's Human Origins Program)
* Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker (Director, Yale University Forum on Religion and Ecology)

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