"What Is Man That You Are Mindful of Him?" (Psalm 8)

Opening remarks by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, , followed by an homage to the late Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, theologian and a founder of New York Encounter.

"Blues is Something That's From the Heart" (Bill Bill Broonzy)

A night of talking and playing the blues, in search of music's true face with the Encounter Blues Band.

A group of musicians will lead us through a journey in search of the human face of music.

More Rights: The Right Answer?

A discussion with Jennifer Nedelsky, Professor of Law, University of Toronto, and John Witte, Professor of Law, Emory University, moderated by Marta Cartabia, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Italy, on the relationship between the search for identity and the proliferation of new individual rights brought about by social changes. 

A Christian Journey in Search of Identity

Screening of “The Beautiful Road,” a documentary marking the 60th anniversary of the birth of Communion and Liberation, will be presented by John Waters, journalist. See the trailer here. (Video will open in a new window.)

The Search for Identity in American Films

A presentation by Annette Insdorf, Director of Undergraduate Film Studies, Columbia University, followed by discussion with Armando Fumagalli, Director of the Masters Program in Screenwriting and Production for TV, Milan Catholic University. 

The Emergence of the Human Face

A presentation with Kenneth Miller, Professor of Biology, Brown University, Martin Nowak, Professor of Biology and Mathematics, Harvard University, and Richard Potts, Director of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian, moderated by Maria Teresa Landi, Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on the degree to which evolution explains who we are. 

Identity and the Challenge of Disability

A dialogue with Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, Timothy Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, and Jean Vanier (on telecast), founder of L'Arche communities, on their discovery of human identity in their life long experience with people with disabilities. 


Adam Danced

A premier of a new modern dance work by composer Jonathan Fields and choreographer Jamel Gaines, with the acclaimed Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of BrooklynPaid admission, open seating. 


Holy Mass

Celebrated by Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, with the Choir of  Communion and Liberation.

Photo by Nicholas Erickson, 2014 New York Encounter.

"May You Never Be Content" -- Msgr. Luigi Giussani's Legacy

Eyewitness accounts of Fr. Giussani’s life commemorating the 10th anniversary of his death by Elizabeth Peralta, student at Saint Francis College, Kim Shankman, Dean of Benedictine College, Archibald Spencer, Professor of Theology, Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Canada, and John Waters, journalist.

Searching for the Human Face... Online

A conversation with Donna Freitas, author and lecturer, and Christian Smith, Wm. R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame, on how social networks and virtual communities affect human identity. 

How Can Education Bring Out Our Identity?

A discussion with Darren Burris, Director of Instruction, Boston Collegiate Chartered Schools, and Fr. Albert HoltzOSB, teacher, St. Benedict Prep., Newark, moderated by Fr. José Medina, U.S. Coordinator of Communion and Liberation, on the future of education in the U.S.

In Search of a New Beginning  

A talk by  Fr. Julián Carrón, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, on the Catholic contribution to the quest for human identity in front of the challenges of our times. 

Painting by Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Post-Impressionism, 1853-1890): Landscape Under a Stormy Sky, 1888. Image: Fondation Gianadda, Martigny.

Big Sound Juice is Back!

Final show with live music. 


Cure of the Elderly

A presentation organized by the Association of Medicine and the Person with Dr. Brad Stuart, Chief Medical Officer of Sutter Care at Home and Enrico Grugnetti, geriatric nurse.


Why Literature Matters: An Introduction to Well-Read Mom

"Why Literature Matters: An Introduction to Well-Read Mom" by founder Marcie Stokman.

I and Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed: Freedom and Obedience

A  Well-Read Mom presentation with Raffaella Mariani.

Will You Be My Life's Companion? The Lived Experience of Marriage in Light of Karol Wojtyla's The Jeweler's Shop

A Well-Read Mom presentation with Paige Sanchez, Associate Superintendent of Mission Effectiveness, Archdiocese of New York, and Stephen Sanchez, Director of ComUnidad Juan Diego.

The Jeweler’s Shop was completed in 1960 while Karol Wojtyła (who became Pope John Paul II) was Bishop in Poland. This play is a meditation on the love between spouses understood as a visible presence of God’s love in and for the world.


Anna Karenina Through the Lens of Three Marriages

A Well-Read Mom presentation with Laurie Collins Quirk, Chair of the English Department of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, Washington D.C.

In Anna Karenina, one views the complexity of life through the lens of three marriages. Set in a society plagued by corruption yet valuing what the ideal and stability of family provides, Anna Karenina is the story of three women who seek love and meaning in their lives.  It is in this place, between the idealized vision of what a person wants and imagines will lead to happiness and the reality of what a person actually has, that the true person emerges. 

Reality and Work: the Adventure of a Man Alive

A presentation by the Italian woodwork federation, Federlegno Arredo, with Paolo Palamara, architect, real estate developer and builder, and Roberto Snaidero, President of Federlegno Arredo, moderated by Antonio Quaglio, senior editor for II Sole 24 Ore

Generating Beauty: the New Beginning at the End of the World

A presentation by AVSI-USA with John Waters, journalist.

“On the peripheries of existence”-- these are words Pope Francis frequently uses to describe some of the poorest areas of our world, communities where misery, conflicts and starvation are so overwhelming that they seem to call into question the very dignity of those among us that suffer the most. Join AVSI-USA and acclaimed Irish journalist John Waters as they discuss what lies at the heart of poverty and how, even in the most difficult situations, the AVSI Foundation has been able to generate lasting hope and human flourishing."

Bringing Your Humanity to Work

A meeting organized by The Workcenter with Hope Carlson, Chief Development Officer at the Museum of Man in San Diego.



In Search of the Father

A screening of Alexander Payne's Nebraska, organized by Crossroads Cultural Center and presented by Salvatore Petrosino, Director of the Film and Animation Department, School of Visual Arts.