Exhibits 2016

A People, a Face, a Newness in Everyday Rubble

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An Encounter with Christians in the Middle East

Exhibit Panels (PDF)

Guided Tours:
Friday: 8:15pm
Saturday: 10:30am / 12pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm / 4:30pm / 5:45pm / 7:00pm / 8:00pm
Sunday: 10:15am / 12:30 pm / 2:00pm / 3:15pm / 5:15pm / 6:30pm / 7:45 pm

Presentation on Friday, January 15, at 7:30 pm, 4th floor conference room, with Archbishop Amel NONA, exiled Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, and Marta ZAKNOUN, Journalist.

The Exhibit explores stories of persecuted Iraqi and Syrian Christians who fled their homeland and are now refugees in various camps and churches in Amman, Jordan and its neighboring areas.

Through the different witnesses and the recounting of the daily lives of this population, the exhibit dwells on the human dynamic and the impact of Christian belonging in the midst of the difficult circumstances that the Christian minorities are facing.   

Generating Beauty: New beginnings at the ends of the earth

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Stories of hope in international development

Guided Tours:
Friday: 7:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am / 12pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm / 4:30pm / 5:15pm
Sunday: 10:15am / 12:00 pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm / 4:30pm / 5:45pm / 6:45 pm/ 8:00pm

Presentation on Friday, January 15, at 8:15 pm, 4th floor conference room, with Joakim KOECH, Principal, Card. Otunga High School, Nairobi, Kenya, and Abby HOLTZ, High School Teacher in Maryland.

In this exhibit, three case studies illustrate the lasting impact that the AVSI Foundation and its unique method have had on the lives of people living in poverty and marginalization around the world. From Ecuador to Kenya to Brazil, the Exhibit opens up windows into the pockets of beauty and new life which have been generated where AVSI and its partners have been present. Faced with the expansive suffering and inequalities that exist in the world, many times we fall into either indifference or idealism. AVSI Foundation presents this exhibit to tell the story of people so certain that reality is positive that they have gone to the ends of the earth to affirm this conviction. 


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A journey to the edge of the Solar system and beyond.

Guided Tours:
Friday: 8:15pm
Saturday: 10:30am / 12pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm / 6:00pm / 7:15pm / 8:15pm
Sunday: 10:15am / 12:00 pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm / 4:30pm / 5:45pm / 6:45 pm/ 8:00pm

Presentation on Saturday January 16 at 5:15pm, 4th floor conference room, by Maria Elena MONZANI, astrophysicist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Researching the unknown is one of the deepest aspects of human nature. Our innate need for novelty represents a continuous prompt to “go beyond”, to be open to meet the unexpected, the unknown, the “other” (be it another person, another continent, another planet). Nowadays, science is a unique form of exploration that allows us to expand our knowledge of the physical world to limits that had never been reached before. But there is a precise branch of research that embodies, in modern terms, the same adventure of the ancient marines: space exploration. 

“Siempre Adelante!” Keep Moving Forward!

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The life and works of Junípero Serra, the saint who founded the California missions.

Guided Tours:
Friday: 8:15pm
Saturday: 10:00am / 11:30am / 1:00am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:15pm / 7:15pm / 8:15pm
Sunday: 10:15am / 12:30 pm / 2:00pm / 3:30pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pm / 7:45 pm

Presentation on Saturday, January 16, at 3:15pm, 4th floor conference room, with Rose Marie BEEBE, Prof. of Spanish, Santa Clara University and Robert SENKEWICZ, Prof. of History, Santa Clara University.

The exhibit aims to underline that the missions that Saint Serra established were focal points designed for the integral Christian education of the Native American inhabitants. In the center was the church, around which revolved the life of the entire community. Christian education, moreover, was not limited to learning doctrine. The church was surrounded by classrooms, stables, liveries, grain mills, warehouses and workshops carrying out the different functions of the time, such as blacksmithing, tile making, tanning, and olive oil and wine production. Seeds were brought from the Mediterranean world and readily adapted to California, in many cases with notable advantages, when admirable fruit orchards were developed. The missions were a wholly self-sustaining enterprise, around which a new civilization developed. 

Little world. Minimal stuff.


Stories of extraordinary ordinary people told by Giovannino Guareschi, Italian novelist, and Enzo Jannacci, Italian songwriter.

Guided Tours:
Friday: 8:15pm
Saturday: 10:00am / 11:30am / 1:00am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:15pm / 7:15pm / 8:15pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm / 4:30pm / 5:45pm / 6:45 pm/ 8:00pm

Presentation on Sunday, January 17, at 10:15 am, 4th floor conference room, by Giorgio VITTADINI, Professor of Statistics, University of Milan, Italy.

Enzo Jannacci was an Italian singer-songwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, and medical doctor. He is regarded as a master of musical art and cabaret, as well as one of the founders of Italian rock and roll music.

Giovannino Guareschi was an Italian novelist, journalist, cartoonist, and humorist whose most famous creation is Don Camillo. He is the most translated Italian author in the world.