New York Encounter 2019

Program 2019 - Highlights


Friday, February 15, 2019
7:45 PM | AUDITORIUM, Second FLOOR
Exhibit Presentation

The Kindness of Science

Meet three masters in medicine: Giancarlo Rastelli, Cicely Saunders, and Takashi Nagai. Each valued their patients, until the very end, precisely because of their existence

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Friday, February 15, 2019
9:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

A Love Supreme

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An evening of music featuring compositions by jazz legend John Coltrane

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Raymond Drummond and Andrea Domenici with special guest artists follow the profound artistic and life journey of this incomparable American master.


Saturday, February 16, 2019
10:00 AM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

The Human Pursuit of Business

What makes a job interesting and a company successful, with Paul Chibe, President and CEO of Ferrero North America, and William Linton, Founder and CEO of Promega, moderated by Anujeet Sareen, Portfolio Manager, Brandywine Global

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Speakers will share some unconventional stories that shaped the success of their companies, and speak about what, in their personal experience, makes a job ultimately interesting.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
11:30 AM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

An Epidemic of Loneliness

Living, dating, and dying in a time of isolation with Kerry Cronin, Associate Director of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College, and Emily Esfahani Smith, Author, moderated by Marcie Stokman, Founder of the Well-Read Mom reading group

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Speakers will address the topic of loneliness in our society and its root causes. Dr. Kerry Cronin will share her findings on the alienation that underlies the “lost art of dating,” while Emily Esfahani Smith will speak about the close relationship between solitude, belonging, and the lack of meaning in life.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
12:45 PM | AUDITORIUM, Second FLOOR
Show Presentation

Island of Peoples: Looking Back and Smiling Forward

With Diana Pardue, Chief, Museum Services Division, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and Gabriele Vanoni, Assistant Professor, Berklee College of Music, and Composer of Island of Peoples

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
1:15 PM | AUDITORIUM, Second FLOOR
Exhibit Presentation

“From my life to yours”

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An exhibit by high school students on Fr. Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion and Liberation


Saturday, February 16, 2019
2:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

Beyond the Moon … to the Farthest Reaches

The search for planets outside our Solar System, with Jonathan Lunine, Director, Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, and Karin Öberg, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, moderated by Massimo Robberto, AURA Observatory Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
3:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, Second FLOOR
The Something Series: The Heart in Action

Character: Something to Start From?

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A presentation with Jackie Aldrette, Managing Director of AVSI USA, and Anne Snyder, Director of The Character Initiative at The Philanthropy Roundtable


Saturday, February 16, 2019
4:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

“Do not be afraid to set your sight higher” (Pope Francis)

Discovering Pope Francis’ vision for a new evangelization with Fr. Julián Carrón, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Austen Ivereigh, Writer and Journalist, and Seán Cardinal Patrick O’Malley, OFM, Cap, Archbishop of Boston moderated by Fr. José Medina, U.S. coordinator of Communion and Liberation

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
5:15 PM | AUDITORIUM, Second FLOOR
Exhibit Presentation

Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Exhibit

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A mind-blowing, interactive, possibly controversial, yet eye-opening exploration of the “Something in us” through the lenses of Walker Percy's Lost in the Cosmos


Saturday, February 16, 2019
6:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

An Irreducible Expectation

A conversation on the Encounter’s theme with David Brooks, New York Times Editorialist, and Fr. Javier Prades, President of the University of San Damaso, Madrid, moderated by John Zucchi, History Professor, McGill University

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David Brooks and Fr. Javier Prades will help us to understand this “Something” inside of us and appreciate its relevance for our times.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
7:15 PM | AUDITORIUM, Second FLOOR
The Something Series: The Heart in Action

Poetry: The Language of Human Longing

A presentation by Paul Mariani, Poet, followed by the Poetry Contest Award Ceremony

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
8:15 PM | AUDITORIUM, Second FLOOR
The Something Series: The Heart in Action

“When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind”

A presentation by writer John Waters, on rock and roll as a quest for the Infinite, or at least the moment when “the whatness of the song leaps to us from the vestments of its appearance”

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Saturday, February 16, 2019 | Flyer
9:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

Island of Peoples

A multimedia concert with voices from Ellis Island

Project by Gabriele Vanoni, with Ensemble Parallax and Malo Lacroix (Video Art)

World Premiere

Tickets: $10; open seating

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
9:00 AM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

Holy Mass

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Memorial Mass for the 14th anniversary of Msgr. Luigi Giussani’s death, celebrated by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, with the choir of Communion and Liberation


Sunday, February 17, 2019
11:00 AM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

The Education of the Heart

Re-thinking education at the end of an epoch with Jon Balsbaugh, President of the Trinity School Network, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, moderated by Holly Peterson, Principal of Nativity: Faith and Reason School in Broomfield, Colorado

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
1:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, Second FLOOR
The Something Series: The Heart in Action

“I just happen to love ordinary things”

A presentation by Francis Greene, Art Historian, on Andy Warhol’s realism and the religious sense

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
2:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

Something is Happening Here

A presentation on Bob Dylan, the man and his music, with Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton, and Richard F. Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics, Harvard University, moderated by Anne Marie Bacich, Educator and Curator of the Encounter exhibit

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
4:30 PM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

A New Beginning. Life in the Aftermath of a Massacre.

Witnesses by Fr. Peter Cameron, OP, director of formation of Hard As Nails Ministries, Dawn Ford, surviving educator in the Sandy Hook massacre, and Jenny Hubbard, mother of Catherine Violet, murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
7:00 PM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

A Singing Heart

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Final night of celebration and songs with the Encounter volunteers


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Featured Images:
The Kindness of Science
Sudbury Polio Clinic: Mrs. E. Marr, Physio-therapist, with Dorothy Gifford, 2 1/2 at the Walking Bars in the Polio Clinic, March 1953; Photographer: Chris Lund | Courtesy of National Gallery of Canada
A Love Supreme
American Jazz Saxophonist John Coltrane (Detail)| Photo by Hugo van Gelderen, ANeFo, Dutch National Archives
The Human Pursuit of Business
Tightening bolts to permanent riveting on one of the water distributors of the Dnieper Dam, 1931 | Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Image via TIME
An Epidemic of Loneliness
Edward Hopper, Automat, 1927, oil on canvas (detail) | Des Moines Art Center, Iowa | via edwardhopper.net
Island of Peoples: Looking Back and Smiling Forward
European immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, 1915 (detail) | Courtesy of Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
“From my life to yours”
Don Giusanni with his students on a Mediterranean excursion off Portofino | CL
Beyond the Moon … to the Farthest Reaches
Artist's impression of exoplanet orbiting two stars | Credits: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
Character: Something to Start From?
Eugeniusz Kędzierski, Girl With a Jug, 1900, oil on canvas (detail) | MNW | US-PD
“Do not be afraid to set your sight higher” (Pope Francis)
Glider ”Lotnia III”- Aviation pioneer Czesław Tański on the launching tower, 1895 | Source: samolotypolskie.pl
An Irreducible Expectation
Edward Hopper, Cape Cod Morning, 1950, oil on canvas, (detail) | Smithsonian American Art Museum
Poetry: The Language of Human Longing
Harald Slott-Møller, Midsummer's Eve, 1904, oil on canvas (detail) | US-PD
Island of Peoples
Newly arrived immigrants await examination at the Ellis Island between c. 1907 and 1921 (detail) | Courtesy of Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
The Education of the Heart
Tytus Czyżewski, Untitled, oil on masonite (detail) | US-PD
“I just happen to love ordinary things”
Andy Warhol, $199 Television, 1961, painting in casein, oil paint, and wax (detail) | Whitney Museum of American Art | CC BY 2.0
Something is Happening Here
Keystone/Getty
A New Beginning. Life in the Aftermath of a Massacre.
Leon Wyczółkowski, Spring in Gościeradz, 1933, oil on canvas