University of Arizona
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What are we doing here? Exploring the human quest for meaning

February 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Crowder Hall


We are anticipating a full house at Crowder Hall for Os Guinness!  Student ID holders will be given priority seating so that UA students have the first opportunity to see the event.

Reception with refreshments served following the Forum.

Join us on livestream if you can't make it to the Forum!

About the Presenters
Writer, lecturer, and social scientist

Os Guinness is an author, a social critic, and Senior Fellow of the EastWest Institute in New York. Great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford. Os has written or edited more than twenty five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, and Unspeakable: Facing up to the challenge of evil. His latest book The Case for Civility – and why our future depends on it was published by Harper One in January 2008. Previously, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the United States in 1984, he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft the Williamsburg Charter and co-authored the public school curriculum Living With Our Deepest Differences. From 1991 to 2004 he was a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum, and a frequent speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in both the United States and Europe. As a European visitor to this country and a great admirer but detached observer of American culture today, he stands in the long tradition of outside voices who have contributed so much to America’s ongoing discussion about the state of the union. He lives with his wife Jenny in McLean, Virginia.

History at University of Arizona

The Veritas Forum at UA 2013 welcomed Dr. Jeff Schloss, Westmont College, and Dr. Anna Dornhaus, University of Arizona, to offer their different perspectives at "Love Thy Neighbor? Biology, Altruism, and Why We Do Good."

In 2012, The Veritas Forum at UA asked, "Is Science Enough?" What is the meaning of life? Can science answer this ancient question? Satyan Devadoss suggested that transcending the Enlightenment will integrate faith and science in a new way. Prof. Devadoss spoke about mathematics, science, and his own journey of faith as a believing Christian.

In 2011, The Veritas Forum at UA hosted Ian Hutchinson on "Science and Faith: Equal Sources of Knowledge?" Our culture makes it seem that science and faith are perpetually at war. But is the perception true? Ian Hutchinson, plasma physicist and Christian from MIT, doesn't think so.