Invitations for Conversation & Reflection

The U Encounter


The U Encounter invites you to join a conversation with friends and colleagues that has been going on throughout the past decade. Behind so many contemporary issues that garner public attention — militant action done in the name of religion, seeking perfection or healing through the new genetic science, how we define and respond to wealth and poverty, our care for creation and stewardship of resources to name a few—is the question of what we think it means to be a human being. We respond to these current issues, knowingly or not, based on our answer to this question.

At the heart of Western culture, its art and letters, is a treasure trove of images and stories inviting us to consider our understanding of who we are. Our capacity to engage and respond to public conversations may take on greater depth through what the poet called “the surprised delight in discovering what we did not know we knew.”

The U Encounter is brought to you by the Humanitas Group, which was founded for this purpose.