Exploring Human Origins Scholars

Connie Berkta is Co-Chair of the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program’s Broader Social Impacts Committee. She earned a PhD in Geology from Arizona State University and a M.T.S. from Wesley Theological Seminary. Connie teaches on contemporary issues in science and religion at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.

 
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Betty Holley is an Associate Professor at Payne Theological Seminary, and Director of the Master of Divinity degree program. She holds a M.Ed. in Mathematics and an Ed.S. degree from the University of North Carolina, a M.Div. from Payne Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Ethics and African-American Religious Studies from Union Institute and University. She serves the National Museum of Natural History as a member for the Broader Social Impact Committee, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church as the Senior Presiding Elder of the Columbus-Springfield-Xenia District in the Third Episcopal District.

 

James (Jim) Bradley Miller is a retired teaching elder with an MDiv from Union Presbyterian Seminary and a Ph.D. from Marquette University. Jim currently serves as co-chair of the Broader Social Impacts Committee of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and is president of the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith.

 

Briana Pobiner is a paleoanthropologist and educator in the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program who travels to the libraries hosting Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? to conduct training. Pobiner earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University.

 

Paleoanthropologist Rick Potts is the Director of The Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and is a curator and presenter of Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?. Potts received his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University.