Veritas Forum


This year, the Veritas Forum will be expanded to two evenings: Tuesday January 23, 2018 and Wednesday January 24, 2018, 7:30pm-9:00pm, both in the Performing Arts Center (the PAC).

Tuesday Jan 23 our speakers, Dr. Josh Swamidass (Washington University, St Louis) and Dr. Ed Himelblau (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) will be dialoguing on the topic “Science and the meaning of life.”

Wednesday Jan 24 our guests Dr. Josh Swamidass and Dr. Hugh Ross will be dialoguing on the topic “Human Origins: the role of God and evolution.”

These are free events open to students, faculty, and members of the campus community. 


The Feb 1, 2017 Veritas Forum featured Rhetoric professors Joseph Rhodes (UNLV) and Christian Lundberg (UNC Chapel Hill) speaking on dialoguing on: “Christianity: Cornerstone or Crutch? An Agnostic and a Christian Discuss Identify and the Role of Faith.”

Veritas Forum

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.”


If you’re unfamiliar with the Veritas Forum, below is an excellent example featuring Dr. Tim Keller (Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City) speaking at a UC Berkeley Forum in 2008. The lecture is followed by Q&A beginning at 44:05.

Below is a list of current and recent Veritas Forum topics and speakers here on campus: 

2017: “Christianity: Cornerstone or Crutch?” (Joseph Rhodes, UNLV / Christian Lundberg UNC – Chapel Hill)


2016  “Can Science Explain Everything?” (Ian Hutchinson, MIT / Paul Rinzler, Cal Poly)


2015 “Nurturing the Yawp” (Francis Su, Harvey Mudd / Kenneth Brown, Cal Poly)


2014 “Discovering Humanity in Academia” (Satyan Devadoss, Williams College / Peter Schwartz, Cal Poly)


2013 “Faith, Reason, Human Need for Certainty” (Troy Van Voorhis, MIT)


2012 “Radical Feminism, Radical Marxism, Radical Love: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Social Justice” (Mary Poplin, Claremont Graduate University) “What Does it Mean to Be Good?” (Greg Ganssle, Yale / Keith Abney, Cal Poly)

Cal Poly Veritas Forum Good Without God

2011 “The Journey: A Thinking Person’s Quest for Meaning” (Os Guiness, Trinity Forum) “Altruism In Evolution: A Christian and Non-Theist Discuss” (Jeffrey Schloss, Westmont College / John Tooby, UC Santa Barbara)

The Journey- A Thinking Person_s Quest for Meaning

2010 “Finding God Beyond Harvard: the Quest for Veritas” (Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Founder, The Veritas Forum) “Origins of Life” (Fazale Rana, Reasons to Believe / Andy Karplus, Oregon State / Matthew Rainbow, Antelope Valley College) 

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Veritas Forum’s website can be found here


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