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The Veritas Forum

Summary: How can we mend a broken world? How should we seek justice? What is the good life? The Veritas Forum helps students and faculty ask life's hardest questions. Many of the world's leading universities were founded to answer the big "why" questions. Our mission is to help them confront these questions anew. Learn more at

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 Living and Dying in the Time of Covid | Lydia Dugdale | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:01

Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR is the Silberberg Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. Shelly Kagan is Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, where he has taught since 1995.

 God's Undertaker: Has Science and Philosophy Buried God | John Lennox | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:43

John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, is an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy and religion. In a forum hosted by the Veritas Forum at the University of Georgia, Yohannes Abate, Susan Dasher and Charles Dasher MD Professor of Physics, interviews Dr. Lennox. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast.

 Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values that Move Us Beyond Fear | Elaine Ecklund | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:24

From the Veritas Forum at Arizona State comes a series titled Pursuing Science and Christian Faith for Human Flourishing. Professor Elaine Howard Ecklund from Rice University presents Why Science and Faith Need Each Other. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast.

 Science, Ignorance, and the Pursuit of Meaning | Satyan Devadoss & Stuart Firestein | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:59

Satyan Devadoss, Professor of Mathematics at the University of San Diego and Stuart Firestein, Professor of Neurobiology at Columbia University, discuss science, ignorance and the pursuit of meaning on the stage at Columbia. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast.

 Wholeness Beyond What Fractures: Inner Wholeness Beyond Isolation, Shame, and Despair | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:06

Dr. Curt Thompson is a psychiatrist and the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame. He is also the founder of Being Known, which develops teaching programs, seminars, and resource materials to help people explore the connections between interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spirituality which lead to genuine change and transformation. • Miwa Yasui is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Her research focuses on the influences of culture, ethnic-racial socialization, and family systems in mental health, development, and identity formation. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast.

 Should Some Books Not Be Read? | Dhananjay Jagannathan & Tara Isabella Burton | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:36:06

The Veritas Forum at Columbia presents a discussion on the moral power of literature. A conversation between Columbia Philosophy Professor Dr. Dhananjay Jagannathan and Dr. Tara Isabella Burton of The American Interest, moderated by Dr. Gregory Floyd. • Like, share, review, and subscribe to this podcast. Thank you.

 Mathematics for Human Flourishing | Francis Su & Mia Chung-Yee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:36

For many people, math is cold and lifeless, a bunch of rules to follow---a way to separate people rather than a way to bring them together. It’s no wonder that many have anxiety over their math experiences. But what if we could see how math is tied to our deepest human longings---for beauty, for justice, for love? Would we see it---and ourselves---differently? Join mathematician Francis Su in conversation with Mia Chung-Yee as they discuss the broader implications of his new book Mathematics for Human Flourishing, which he wrote in collaboration with his friend Christopher Jackson, an incarcerated man who reshaped Su's own views of what math is, who it's for, and why anyone should learn it. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast.

 The Pursuit of Wholeness: Perspectives on God, Self, and Mental Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:31:46

Perspectives on mental health and existing as a whole person from Dr. David Carreon of Stanford and Dr. John Sommers-Flanagan of the University of Montana. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast. Thank you!

 Are We Better Off Divided? | David French & Angela Simms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:35:40

In the aftermath of a contentious election season, we may find ourselves questioning the future of a nation that seems irreparably divided. We may ask questions such as, “is political and/or social unity possible or even desirable?” and, “if unity is desirable, what is the best pathway to that unity?” • Attorney, author, and political commentator, David French, discusses this topic with assistant professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at Barnard College, Angela Simms. Presented by the Veritas Forum at Columbia University. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast.

 Music Making as a Picture of Human Flourishing | Mia Chung-Yee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:05

Octet Collaborative’s founder and board chair Mia Chung-Yee, an accomplished concert pianist and professor of musical studies, spoke to students at Cal Poly about the holistic human engagement involved in making music. Mia spoke about what we have lost as our culture has adopted a consumerist, technical, and accomplishment-driven attitude to music, and about how we might recover the flourishing music can bring to our lives and our society. • Please like, share, review, and subscribe to this podcast. Thank you!

 Shame & Spirituality: Living as a Whole Person in a Disembodied World | Curt Thompson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:11

Psychiatrist Curt Thompson, M.D. addresses the role of shame in our mental and spiritual lives. Presented by the Veritas Forum at Harvard University • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast.

 Human Identity and the Meaning of Artificial Intelligence | Joshua Swamidass | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:39

A Conversation with a Secular Humanist, Jurist and Law Professor, Ryan Calo, and a Christian, Scientist and Bioengineer Professor, Josh Swamidass, about the philosophical and biological implications of artificial intelligence. Presented by the Veritas Forum at University of Washington. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast.

 The Origin of Humanity: Adam, Eve, and Evolution | Josh Swamidass & Nathan Lents | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:24:50

In this discussion between Christian and Atheist scientists, Josh Swamidass and Nathan Lents, they explore the building blocks of life, behavior, our evolution, and who our ancestors were. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast. Thank you!

 Truth and Science | A Christian, Muslim, and Atheist Discuss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:14:00

In this episode we hear from three different world views including a Christian (Kirk Durston), a Muslim (Imam Hosam Helal), and an Atheist (Matt Monrose) as they discuss their unique perspectives on faith and science. From the stage at McMaster University. • Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast. Thank you!

 Losing Hope? A Discussion on God & the Reality of Suffering | Alister McGrath & Alan Lightman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:46

Dr. Alan Lightman, Author and MIT Professor and Physicist, and Dr. Alister McGrath, Oxford Professor of Science and Religion, explore questions of suffering, hope, and the possibility of God through the lenses of their individual worldviews.


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