What Makes Life Meaningful?

The question of what makes life meaningful has occupied human thinking for thousands of years. Religious leaders, philosophers, and scientists have pondered and offered an array of answers that are as profound, enigmatic, and rich as the question itself. Are we sparks of divine creation, or simply meaning-making creatures, or genes replicating themselves for no other purpose than adapting to our natural environment? This conversation with philosophy professor Prakash Chenjeri and chaplain Fred Grewe aims to engage participants in a thoughtful and meaningful discussion about this very human question.


Prakash Chenjeri | Talent

Prakash Chenjeri is a professor of philosophy, chair of the Philosophy Program, and codirector of the Democracy Project at Southern Oregon University. While he teaches a variety of courses in philosophy and the Honors College, his primary research interests are political philosophy, scientific literacy and democracy, topics in philosophy of science, and issues in science and religion. He speaks on these topics in regional, national, and international forums. He has been a Conversation Project leader from its inception. He lives with his family in Talent, Oregon.

Fred Grewe | Ashland

Fred Grewe is a board certified chaplain of the Association of Professional Chaplains with a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He is an ordained United Church of Christ minister working for Providence Hospice in Medford, Oregon. Fred’s book, What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living: The Awful Amazing Grace of God, was recently published by Pilgrim Press. His interest in working with the dying began in the early 1990s with the death of his best friend, who succumbed to AIDS.

Program Themes

Community , Spirituality

Equipment Needs

digital projector , laptop computer , screen