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Jan 23,24 Veritas Forum video links

Here are links to the January 23-24 Veritas Forum at Cal Poly in the Performing Arts Center:

Tuesday January 23, 2018 at Cal Poly: “What Does It Mean to be Human?” featuring Dr. Josh Swamidass (Washington University, St Louis) and Dr. Ed Himelblau (Cal Poly).

Wednesday January 24, 2018 at Cal Poly: “Are Human Beings Special?” featuring Dr. Josh Swamidass (Washington University, St Louis) and Dr. Hugh Ross (Founder, Reasons to Believe). 

Additional photos of these two events can be found here. Enjoy. 

 

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Veritas Forum Highlights

IMG_8762January 23th-25th, the Veritas Forum hosted a series of events on campus. Our first night (above) featured Cal Poly Biology professor Dr. Ed Himelblau dialoguing alongside out guest Washington University St. Louis biologist Dr. Josh Swamidass on the question: “What Does it Mean to be Human?” 

IMG_8901Students lining up and coming in to the main auditorium in the PAC. 

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Dr. Swamidass and Dr. Himelblau, along with our moderator, Cal Poly Philosophy Professor Dr. Eleanor Helms. Here’s a link to the video of Swamidass/Himelblau Forum.

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We love this comment from a Cal Poly Materials Engineering Professor who attended: “Several of my students commented about not just what was said, but how it was said. The civility shown by both speakers was outstanding, opening doors for me to talk more with my students about my personal faith in Jesus Christ.”

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Students hanging out afterwards.

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Talking with Dr. Himelblau . . .

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. . . and Dr. Swamidass. 

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The following day, Dr. Himelblau invited Dr. Swamidass as a guest lecturer in one of his classes. We appreciate the collegiality that can develop from these Forums. 

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This year, the Cal Poly Veritas Forum was extended to two nights. Our second night featured Dr. Josh Swamidass, along with our second guest astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross. Here’s a link to the video of the Swamidass/Ross Veritas Forum. 

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Dr. Ross received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and was a researcher for five years at Cal Poly before founding Reasons to Believe in 1986. He’s spoken at hundreds of universities around the world. 

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Similar to the first night, students hanging around and talking afterwards. 

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Dr. Ross fielding questions from students. 

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Dr. Swamidass interacting with students.

We love some of the comments we’ve received from students: 

“I have a lot of doubts, but it was good to hear a molecular biologist [Dr. Josh Swamidass] who is so, so confident in his faith and that it is compatible with science.” Mike, Freshman

“What can I say? Dr. Hugh Ross was awesome.” Kevin, Freshman

“My communication professor – not particularly religious  – was so impressed by the event that she offered extra credit for anyone who attended. I think half the class showed up.” Tanya, Junior

“I’m not sure what I believe, but this was good and Christianity seems worth exploring.” Kathleen, Senior

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Thursday morning, before taking off for UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Swamidass met with a group of interested students to answer additional questions, and share his research on an interpretation of Adam as a genealogical ancestor. 

Founded at Harvard University in 1992, the Veritas Forum is an annual academic event at Cal Poly that seeks to “engage students and faculty in discussions about life’s hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.”

Many thanks for everyone who worked behind the scenes to bring these events on campus. 

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Snack Time Feb 28, 2018 11am-1pm (UU 218)

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Please join us Wednesday February 28 between 11:10 am and 1:00 pm in UU 218 for our third Faculty Commons “Snack Time.” This is a time to connect with other faculty affiliated with Faculty Commons to further develop Christian community at Cal Poly, to be encouraged, and – yes – to have some snacks.

Everyone is welcome so feel free to bring a colleague and show up anytime for any amount of time you are available. Snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch if you want.

 

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Veritas Forum January 23-25, 2018

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January 2018, the Veritas Forum will be expanded to two evenings, both in the Performing Arts Center (the PAC). These events are open to students, faculty, and members of the campus community. Due to the historically strong interest on campus, especially among students, we – unfortunately – will not be opening these events up to the wider community. (Faculty members are of course, welcome and encouraged to bring an invited guest from off campus.)

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What Does It Mean To Be Human? Two Biologists discuss from a Christian and secular perspective 

Tuesday evening January 23, 2018 7:30-9:00pm

Dr. Josh Swamidass, Computational Biologist, Washington University St. Louis 
Dr. Ed Himelblau, Molecular Biologist, Cal Poly

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Are Human Beings Special? Perspectives from Astrophysics and Biology

Wednesday evening January 24, 2018 7:30-9:00pm

 
Dr. Josh Swamidass, Computational Biologist, Washington University St. Louis 
Dr. Hugh Ross, Astrophysics, founder of Reasons to Believe
 

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In addition, three follow-up events are planned: 

Wednesday Jan 24: Q&A with Drs. Swamidass and Himelblau 12:10-1:00pm UU 204

Thursday January 25: Dr. Swamidass “Genealogical Adam” presentation 10:10-11:00am UU 204

Thursday January 25: Q&A with Drs. Swamidass and Ross 11:10am-12:00pm UU 204

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Founded at Harvard University in 1992, the Veritas Forum is an annual academic event at Cal Poly that seeks to “engage students and faculty in discussions about life’s hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.”

 

 

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Snack Time — Wednesday November 29 11:10am-1:00pm in UU 218

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Please join us Wednesday November 29th between 11:10 am and 1:00 pm in UU 218 for our second Faculty Commons “Snack Time.” This is a time to hang out with other faculty affiliated with Faculty Commons to further develop Christian community at Cal Poly, to be encouraged, and – yes – to have some snacks. Everyone is welcome so feel free to bring a colleague and show up anytime for any amount of time you are available. Snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch if you want.

 

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International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2017

Below is an outstanding 2 minute video that serves as a reminder to continue to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world.


 

When one part of the body suffers, the entire body suffers. Sunday November 5th and 12th have been designated  “International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.”

Additional information on praying for the persecuted church can be found here.

 

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