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Search for Meaning Festival

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Seattle University’s annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life returns this February. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws more than 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience. Authors include 24 award winners, four New York Times bestsellers, and one Pulitzer Prize winner.


  • Author presentations on topics including social justice, cross-cultural and interreligious dialogue, homelessness, leadership, poetry, culinary arts and sustainability;
  • Keynote presentations by three New York Times bestselling authors:
    • Matthew Desmond, PhD | “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”;
    • Anthony Doerr | “All the Light We Cannot See”;
    • Margot Lee Shetterly | “Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race” (Major Motion Picture in theatres now!);
  • Pop-up book shop featuring author book signings;
  • Art exhibit highlighting works of existential reflection;
  • Gripping documentary theater performance of Re-Entry by Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez;
  • Mobile Mavens  food trucks and Bon Appétit campus cafes.