Veritas Forum @ Columbia University

September 20, 2009

The Veritas Forum is back at Columbia University for a few days this month, seeking to “explore the possibility of truth, beauty and goodness in every aspect of our academic and personal lives.”  The Forum is “inspired by the idea that Jesus Christ has something relevant to offer our modern university in its search for knowledge, truth and significance.”

Veritas is at Columbia University from September 21 – 23, 2009 (this Monday – Wednesday); check out the speaker / seminar / concert schedule after the jump …

Monday, Sept. 21, 8.00p in Roone Arledge Auditorium (doors open @ 7.30p)

Nicholas Kristof (Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, New York Times), Kaign Christy (Director of Operations for Southeast Asia, IJM), Mirta Ojito (Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Columbia Univ. professor):  In nearly every nation of the world women are enslaved within the multibillion-dollar sex trafficking industry. Thanks to writers and activists, their plight is being told and growing numbers are being set free. Come and hear a pullitzer prize-winning journalist and award winning attorney tell of their respective journeys into—and work within—the tumultuous world of front-line activism.  Presentations by Nicholas Kristof and Kaign Christy, followed by a moderated discussion with Columbia Journalism School professor, Mirta Ojito, and audience Q&A.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 8.00p in Roone Arledge Auditorium (doors open @ 7.30p) // tickets $15 ($5 w/CUID)

Grace Akalo (former child soldier, author, World Vision peace advocate), Braddigan (of Dispatch):  Come hear former child soldier Grace Akallo, a college student and peace activist, share her first-hand experience of modern day slavery. Braddigan (of Dispatch), humanitarian and musician,  and Grace will share their personal journeys towards hope through story and live music at the “Redemption Songs of Freedom” benefit concert. All proceeds will go directly to the Children of War Rehabilitation Center and World Vision’s Area Development Program in Gulu, Uganda.  Columbia’s own Jonathan Walton will be the MC for the night and Kayte Grace will open for the concert.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9.30p in Roone Arledge Auditorium (doors open @ 8.30p)

Kathleen Thompson (actress, artistic director at Belleherst Productions):  Write a book. Get tenure. That was the life goal of Gertrude Simmons, an Ivy League economics professor, as she embarked on researching entrepreneurship in global markets. When she discovers that one of the most lucrative entrepreneur markets is Human Slavery, her number-crunching intellect is forced to confront the human faces that loom behind the statistics. This is a jarring, surreal play about how a woman struggles to orient herself as the shrieking voice of human suffering drowns out all others.


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