Search for Meaning Festival

Search for Meaning is 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. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws over 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience. 


Presented by Joel and Maureen, '71, Benoliel and Donald and Lilyan, '08, Snow

February 24, 2018
Seattle University Campus
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale January 17, 2018

General Admission $15



  • Author presentations on topics including social justice, cross-cultural, racial and interreligious dialogue, history, poetry and spirituality
  • Keynote presentations by:
    • The Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor | Redeeming Darkness: A Spirituality for the Night Times
    • Ruth Ozeki | A Tale for the Time Being 
    • The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Taylor Branch | Dismantling American Racism: Past & Present
  • Pop-up book shop featuring author book signings
  • Art exhibit highlighting works of artists who participate in the ACRS Behavioral Health Art Therapy program
  • Theatre performance, The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux directed by Jane Nichols. Search for Meaning ticket holders receive a discounted rate.