Integrating Faith and Science in South African Education
In May 2011 undergraduate student Conor Finnegan conducted interviews in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of an ongoing initiative of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service at Georgetown University. Finnegan...
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Education and Social Justice Project
In early 2010 two Georgetown University Centers – the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service – created the Education and Social Justice Project to engage students and build knowledge about the deep connections between...
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Merrill van der Walt
Dr. Merrill van der Walt is a paleontologist at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Origins Centre, where she works as an education specialist and manager of new business and strategic partnerships. After a number of years in academia, she joined The Origins Centre, one of South Africa’s premier museums that explores human evolution scientifically, culturally, and socially and celebrates South African heritage. In her current position, she works to create programming that shares the Centre’s educational resources and gets out their message, and to that end, she works to develop the Jesuit Institute’s “Believing in Creation and Evolution” program with her former chaplain, Fr. Peter Knox, SJ. A lifelong Catholic, she graduated with her bachelors of science in genetics and statistics with honors, completed a Masters in evolution, and earned her PhD in paleontology.
A Discussion with Merrill van der Walt, Paleontologist, Origins Centre, University of the Witwatersrand
May 20, 2011
Background: As part of the Education and Global Social Justice Project, in May 2011, undergraduate student Conor Finnegan interviewed Merrill van der Walt, paleontologist and developer of the “Believing in Creation and Evolution” program at The Origins Center, University of Witwatersrand, South...