POSTPONED - What Does It Mean to Be Human? A Decade of Exploration (Panel Discussion)
POSTPONED - What Does It Mean to Be Human? A Decade of Exploration (Panel Discussion)
WhenSunday, March 29, 2020, 3 – 5 PM
CategoriesLectures & Discussions, Webcasts & Online
SponsorNatural History Museum
VenueNatural History Museum
Event LocationGround Floor, Q?rius Theater
Related ExhibitionHall of Human Origins
AccessibilityWheelchair accessible

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or cancelling all large public events, programming and gatherings through May 3. Please consult our calendar of events, museum websites, and for the latest updates. We appreciate your understanding.


Original Program Description:

Discoveries regarding human origins can impact the perennial question, "What Does it Mean to Be Human?" This program explores the potential significance of the most recent paleoanthropological findings for human society and culture. Dr. Rick Potts, Director of the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program, will discuss the past decade of discoveries and raise ideas and questions about their societal significance.

This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Elliot Dorff, Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at American Jewish University,  Dr. David Haberman, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, and Dr. Michael Tenneson, Professor of Biology at Evangel University. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Connie Bertka from Science and Society Resources.

If you are unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed on the NMNH UStream channel:….

Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with two-weeks advanced notice. To request this service, please call (202) 633-5238 or e-mail This event is wheelchair accessible.

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