"Hope Veritas Forum" on January 11-13
To Consider Faith and Truth
Posted December 26, 2000
Veritas Forum Website
HOLLAND -- The Veritas Forum at Hope College will
feature internationally-known speakers, an art exhibit, a
rock band concert and film panel discussion in exploring the
concept of truth in post-modern culture in the context of
The forum will run Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 11-13.
Keynote speakers Sharon Gallagher and Jeremy Begbie will be
giving presentations on how modern culture has shaped
conceptions of Truth. Marva Dawn will discuss the biblical
basis for physical intimacy. "Over the Rhine," a band from
Cincinnati, will be performing a Saturday evening concert in
Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Other events include an art show
at the Holland Area Arts Council, a showing of the film "The
Matrix," and discussions on film and music.
Although the event has been planned for the campus
community, the public is invited. Admission is free to all
events except the "Over the Rhine" concert, for which there
will be a $5 charge.
The Veritas Forum began at Harvard University as a
way to get students to think about what the school was
founded upon: the Veritas, or truth, of Jesus Christ.
Since then, dozens of campuses in the United States and
abroad have mimicked the Harvard model and held forums of
"It [the Veritas Forum] has been a nationwide
phenomenon since 1992, using the format of campus
conferences to explore the Christian understanding of Truth.
We are excited to bring it to Hope's campus this year," said
Dr. Marc Baer of the Hope history faculty, who is one of
four faculty and Hope alumni who have been planning the
event since last spring. Other Forums this year will be at
the Universities of California and Virginia, as well as
Northwestern and Duke universities.
"We hope to get people at Hope to raise the level
of thinking on campus by drawing out deep questions," added
Baer. "We welcome and honor skeptics and their questions,
and we will bring some [questions] of our own."
The Hope Veritas Forum is designed to be inclusive
of music, film, ideas, sexuality, literature, art, theology
and popular culture, and will listen to how God has worked
in the whole lives of scholars, musicians, writers and
artists. This year's program is the third presented at Hope
through the Forum, which also ran in 1997 and 1999.
The event will open on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7
p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre with the keynote address
"Mystery, Morality, and Meaning: What Woody Allen (and
others) are saying about our culture" by Sharon Gallagher.
Gallagher is editor and film critic for "Radix" magazine and
associate director of New College, Berkeley.
The Veritas Forum is also sponsoring the Holland
Area Arts Council's on-going exhibition "Contemporary
Icons," which features works in a variety of media by local
artists as well as Hope students and alumni. There will be
a reception at the Holland Area Arts Council on Thursday,
Jan. 11, at 8:30 p.m. The exhibition was juried by Bill
Mayer of the Hope art faculty and Nella Kennedy, who is
retired from the Northwestern art faculty.
The exhibition opened earlier this month will
continue through Friday, Jan. 26. The Holland Area Arts
Council is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9
p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is
The Forum will continue on Friday, Jan. 12, with
multiple events featuring Dr. Jeremy Begbie, who is
associate principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and an
affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the
University of Cambridge. Begbie will speak during the
college's Chapel service on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Dimnent
Memorial Chapel, will present the keynote address "Sounding
Hopeful" on Friday at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel and
will participate in a "Coffeehouse Chat" on Friday at 9 p.m.
at the Good Earth.
In addition, the Forum will present the film "The
Matrix" on Friday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Maas Center
conference room. The 1999 film, which stars Keanu Reeves,
explores the nature of reality, with the central character
encountering a computer-generated world that, confusingly,
seems just as real as the physical world.
The events on Saturday, Jan. 13, begin with the
presentation "What Do We Really Want Out of Sex" by Dr.
Marva Dawn at 9:30 a.m. in the Maas Center auditorium. Dawn
is an author, an adjunct professor of spiritual theology at
Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and
an educator with "Christians Equipped for Ministry."
At 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, a panel will
address "Silver Screen Spirituality: Thinking Faithfully
about Film" in the Maas Center auditorium. The panelists
will be Gallagher; Dr. William D. Romanowski, who is a
professor of communication arts and sciences at Calvin
College in Grand Rapids; and Dave Anderson, a filmmaker with
Compass Arts in Grand Rapids.
The band "Over the Rhine" will make a lunchtime
presentation in the Phelps Hall Otte Room on Saturday at
12:30 p.m. Formed in 1989, the Ohio-based band has released
several full-length recordings and is currently signed with
the Virgin/Backporch division of Virgin Records.
There will be a worship service on Saturday, Jan.
13, at 3 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium. The service
will be led by Dwight Beal, who is director of music and
worship at Hope.
The Veritas Forum will conclude with a concert by
"Over the Rhine" on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent
Memorial Chapel. Tickets will be $5 each, and will be
available beginning on Monday, Jan. 8, at Holland CD,
located in downtown Holland at 48 E. 8th St., and at Hope's
Student Union Desk, located in the DeWitt Center on Columbia
Avenue at 12th Street. They will also be available at the