Veritas Forum

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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 – are not able to open 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


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


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


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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