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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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 Faith, Race, and Hip-Hop at Harvard | An Interview with Obasi Shaw | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:36

Obasi Shaw has recently hit the news as the first Harvard student to submit a rap album as his senior thesis. The album, entitled "Liminal Minds," represents a coming together of Obasi's interests, ranging from Chaucer, to hip-hop, to the pursuit of racial justice. But the key theme that connects all his thoughts and experiences is his passion for Jesus and for applying the gospel of the crucified God to the murky complexities of human life. In this interview, Obasi explores the album in relation to his faith.

 The Bible: Gospel, Guide, or Garbage? | N.T. Wright & Sean Kelly at Harvard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:32:04

How should we read the Bible? Our latest podcast features New Testament Scholar and Theologian NT Wright and Harvard Philosopher Sean Kelly, who discussed one of history's most influential books at The Veritas Forum at Harvard 2013. Download the full audio of this Forum on our website or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

 Under God? | Michael Sandel & Jean Bethke Elshtain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:25:31

Throughout our 25 year history, we've had the privilege of creating conversations between some of academia's giants and of modeling dialogue across difference at the heart of the university. The 2013 Veritas Forum at Harvard was a stunning example of this: a dialogue between University of Chicago political scientist Jean Bethke Elshtain and Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel on the role of religion in public life.

 Connecting Passion and Purpose | charity: water Founder Scott Harrison | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:16

In March, we launched our Veritas Cities Forums in Seattle, a series of events designed to foster a vibrant public square that invites globally-engaged leaders to confront life's biggest questions and pursue self-examined lives. We were fortunate enough to hear from charity: water founder, Scott Harrison. He shared his personal journey along with the journey of charity: water, one of the leading charities addressing the global water crisis. Scott understands the power of story at both a personal and an organizational level. And the following interview represents a beautifully composed story that examines the complexities of stepping into a broken world, as a broken person, in order to seek restoration. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

 Disenchanted? | Tim Keller & Anthony Kronman at Yale | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:53

Two weeks ago, we hosted a Veritas Forum moderated by Willie Jennings at Yale with Tim Keller and Anthony Kronman, former Dean of the Yale Law School and author of Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan. Naturally, the pairing of Kronman and Keller held the potential for a timely and thought-provoking discussion. We were not disappointed. What unfolded at Yale struck us as a vitally important conversation for the university but also an invitation for more conversations like this in the public square.

 The Closing of the Modern Mind | Tim Keller and Jonathan Haidt at NYU | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:25:27

Social psychologist and atheist public intellectual Jonathan Haidt and author and pastor Tim Keller are leading voices in their respective fields. On February 22, 2017, they sat down with Tamarie Macon at NYU for a discussion on religion, morality and pluralism.


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