CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Students at the University of Virginia are not shying away from asking the tough questions our society is currently facing.

On Monday, February 18, several UVA Christian student groups came together to kick off a week-long series called "Hoos Got Questions."

Monday night’s event was titled "Reconciling Our Differences in a Culture of Conflict."

It addressed the growing animosity between Americans who disagree on contentious topics.

The Ravi Zacharias International Ministry teamed up with several UVA ministries for Monday night’s lecture.

Michael Ramsden, the international director of Ravi Zacharias who’s from the United Kingdom, gave the keynote address.

He spoke about the importance of reducing conflict and having respect for others, even when you have different views or beliefs.

After his speech, attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions.

“We believe that on these important topics we need to disagree well,” Shawn Hart, the assistant director of the Zacharias Institute, said. “We need to actually understand that behind every question, behind every statement, there's a person, there's a human being who has value and we should be able to engage one another in a calm and respectful way even if we disagree.”

Monday night’s lecture was just one of many in this week-long series, and there will be three events each day for the rest of the week.

On Tuesday, the group will address questions regarding God’s existence and debate if happiness is sustainable.

Click here for the full schedule.