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Friday, January 12, 2018
6:30 pm | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

The Gift of an "Impossible" Unity

The Encounter opens with music and a conversation with John Bartlett, retired FDNY fireman, and Sergeant Conor McDonald, NYPD, Patrol Service Bureau, son of the late NYPD Detective Steven McDonald

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Friday, January 12, 2018
8:00 pm | Auditorium, second floor

  Marc Chagall,   Abraham and Three Angels,     1966, oil on canvas, detail

Marc Chagall, Abraham and Three Angels, 1966, oil on canvas, detail

Exhibit presentation

Father Abraham's Tent: All Are Welcome

A journey especially for children into the story of Abraham and his encounter with God

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Friday, January 12, 2018
9:00 pm | Auditorium, ground floor

"A Single Garment of Destiny"

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in words, images, music and dance with Andrea Domenici, Philip Faconti, and St. Joseph High School Step Team

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
10:00 am | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

The Fundamental Economic Resource: The Human Person

A discussion on the relationship between integral human development and economy with Christopher Barrett, deputy dean, College of Business, Cornell University, Sara Sievers, associate dean of policy and practice, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, and Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio, moderated by Holly Peterson, principal designate, Nativity of Our Lord School, Broomfield, CO; co-sponsored by The Kellogg Institute for International Studies

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
11:30 Am | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

The Father: Who Is He?

Being a father, having a father in the experience of Dominic Aquila, professor of history, University of St. Thomas, Houston; Camil Martinez, PhD candidate in supply chain and logistics, R. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and Paul Vitz, professor emeritus of psychology at New York University, moderated by Steven Brown, vice provost and dean of graduate studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
12:45 Pm | Auditorium, Second floor
The Human Adventure Series

Love Without Boundaries

Eye witness accounts by Fr. Pigi Bernareggi, missionary priest in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Rose Busingye, founder of the International Meeting Point in Kampala, Uganda, moderated by Franciscan Friar of the Renewal Father Solanus Benfatti, professor of spirituality and Franciscan traditions, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Archdiocese of New York; co-sponsored by AVSI-USA

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
2:00 Pm | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

An "Impossible" Beauty

A conversation on the Encounter’s theme with  Etsuro Sotoo, sculptor, and John Waters, author

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
3:15 pm | Auditorium, second floor
Video shown at the exhibit

Exhibit presentation

Surprise Encounters

Stories of immigration, hospitality, and changed lives

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
4:00 Pm | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

"... Drawn Near to a Hidden Divine Presence ..." (Andrei Tarkovsky)

A face-to-face encounter with physician and inventor Dr. Michael J. Brescia, co-founder and executive medical director of Calvary Hospital, moderated by Dr. Molly Poole, physician, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; co-sponsored by the American Association for Medicine and the Person

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
5:15 PM | Auditorium, Second floor
The Human Adventure Series

Reconnecting Through Work and Education

A witness by Efrain Hernandez, associate director of ReConnect Brooklyn and Passionist Father Jim O’Shea, founder of ReConnect Brooklyn, an entrepreneurship program to help at-risk youths; moderated by Rose Tomassi, communications specialist at St Joseph High School in Brooklyn, and adjunct professor of English at New York City College of Technology; co-sponsored by the WorkCenter

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
6:00 Pm | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

"Out of Many, One": Really?

A dialogue on shared bonds and ideals in today’s American society with Amitai Etzioni, professor, The George Washington University and author of Happiness is the Wrong Metric (Springer, 2018), and Mark Lilla, professor of humanities, Columbia University, moderated by Anujeet Sareen, global fixed income portfolio manager, Brandywine Global Investment Management

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
7:00 PM | Auditorium, second floor
Harmony: The Language of Unity

How to Fall in Love with Poetry

A presentation by Edward Hirsch, poet and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and James Davis May, poet; followed by the poetry contest award ceremony

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
7:45 PM | Auditorium, second floor

 Marc Chagall,  The Blue Violinist , 1947; detail

Marc Chagall, The Blue Violinist, 1947; detail

Poetry Contest Award Ceremony

Contest Theme:
An "Impossible" Unity

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
8:00 PM | Auditorium, second floor
Human Adventure Series

 Gustave Doré,  Canto 31,  1868 ,  engraving illustration for  The Divine Comedy;  detail

Gustave Doré, Canto 31, 1868, engraving illustration for The Divine Comedy; detail

In the Middle of the Path of Our Life: The Divine Comedy for Ordinary People who Want to Live Extraordinary Lives

A commentary by Elizabeth Anderson, a stay-at-home mom; co-sponsored by the Well-Read Mom reading group

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
9:00 Pm | Auditorium, ground floor

 Photo by Dorothea Lange from  The Family of Man , an exhibition curated by Edward Steichen in 1955 at MoMA, New York

Photo by Dorothea Lange from The Family of Man, an exhibition curated by Edward Steichen in 1955 at MoMA, New York

Fatherhood                       

A new multi-media work from Jonathan Fields and Chris Vath

Tickets: $10; open seating

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
9:00 AM | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

Holy Mass

Celebrated by Seán Cardinal Patrick O’Malley, OFM, Cap, Archbishop of Boston

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
11:00 Am | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

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A Human Gaze, a History

Presentation of The Life of Luigi Giussani by Alberto Savorana (McGill-Queens University Press, 2018) through eyewitness accounts by Father Pigi Bernareggi, missionary priest in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Pier Alberto Bertazzi, former director of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, State University of Milan, Italy; Rose Busingye, founder of the International Meeting Point in Kampala, Uganda; Jonathan Fields, musician and composer; and Shodo Habukawa (via telecast), professor at Koyasan University, Japan; introduced by Fr. Julián Carrón, president of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation; and moderated by Alberto Savorana, journalist, author of The Life of Luigi Giussani

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018
11:00 AM | AUDITORIUM, GROUND FLOOR

EXHIBIT PRESENTATION
AT THE EVENT: A HUMAN GAZE, A HISTORY

From My Life to Yours

Life and works of Father Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion and Liberation

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
12:45 PM | Auditorium, second floor
Harmony: The Language of Unity

 Image from  The Tree of Life  directed by Terrence Malick; cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki

Image from The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick; cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki

"Let me feel the lack"

A discussion of the films of Terrence Malick with T.J. Berden, producer, Joe Bowen, PhD candidate in chemistry, University of Nebraska, and Patrick Tomassi, high school teacher

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
2:00 pm | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

 Unknown photographer,  Dorothy Day , 1916; public domain; via Wikimedia Commons

Unknown photographer, Dorothy Day, 1916; public domain; via Wikimedia Commons

On Pilgrimage Toward Unity

The life of Dorothy Day with Tom Cornell, associate editor of The Catholic Worker newspaper; Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York; and Margaret Laracy, clinical psychologist and co-curator of the Encounter exhibit; moderated by Paige Sanchez, associate superintendent of schools (mission effectiveness), Archdiocese of New York; followed by the school contest award ceremony

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
2:45 pm | Auditorium, ground floor

  Marc Chagall,   Abraham and Three Angels,   c. 1964,  sketch , via WikiArt

Marc Chagall, Abraham and Three Angels, c. 1964, sketch, via WikiArt

School Contest Award Ceremony

Contest Theme:
Father Abraham’s Tent: All Are Welcome

Contest Question:
How does Abraham help us to know what it means to be a father?

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018
2:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, GROUND FLOOR

EXHIBIT PRESENTATION
AT THE EVENT: ON PILGRIMAGE TOWARD UNITY

A Catholic Paradox: The Life and Words of Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, is a woman who defies easy categorization. A social activist, a mother, a writer, and woman of deep prayer, she participated in labor strikes, protested wars, and served jail time on multiple occasions for civil disobedience. Considered a radical and pegged by some as a leftist or a communist, she chose a life of voluntary poverty and solidarity with the poor in her pursuit of happiness.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
3:00 pm | Auditorium, second floor

Exhibit presentation

Moments of Dignity and Places with a Soul

A photographic essay by Joseph Weiler

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
4:00 pm | Auditorium, ground floor
Video

Abraham and the Birth of the "I"

Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim perspectives with Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Kashmiri, chairman of the Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya; Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; and Joseph Weiler, Joseph Straus Professor of Law, New York University; moderated by John McCarthy, dean of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
5:15 PM | Auditorium, second floor
Harmony: The Language of Unity

The Power of … We!

A witness by Sandeep Das, musician, founder of HUM, and member of the Silk Road Ensemble Project, on how music inspires connections, moderated by Gabriele Vanoni, composer, assistant professor, Berklee College of Music, Boston

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
6:15 pm | Auditorium, ground floor

A Gaze in the Crowd

Wrapping up the Encounter through great movie scenes, with Deniz Demirer, filmmaker, and concluding remarks by Maurizio Maniscalco, Encounter president

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
8:00 pm | Auditorium, ground floor

A Song that Cannot Be Held Back

Final night of celebration and songs with the Encounter volunteers

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