At the Heart of New York Encounter

Love, truth, beauty and justice are at the center of and gives meaning to our human experience. "At the Heart of New York Encounter" is a series of displays highlighting charitable, cultural, and work-related initiatives including the areas of: Education, Medicine, Charity, Music, Arts, Mission, and Literature. Come meet and talk with those involved in this work. The displays for "At the Heart of New York Encounter" will be open Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday in the Manhattan Center.


Past Schedule: 2011

The New York Encounter Cultural Festival runs from  Friday, January 14 - Monday, January 17, 2011

Manhattan Center
Hammerstein Ballroom
311 West 34th Street at 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

See past programs: 2013 | 2012


Education and Freedom in Contemporary America

An introduction to the New York Encounter 2011 with keynote speaker, John GARVEY, President of Catholic University of America; welcome address by, Chris BACICH, US Coordinator of Communion and Liberation; and master of ceremonies, John TOUHEY, screenplay writer and movie director.

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New York Encounter Opens

Guided Tours to Exhibits: 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM

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Chopin, the Music of Drama

A moment of discovering the very foundation of music, the cry and longing for beauty and truth. The great composers, such as Chopin, represent the most sincere and moving expression of the human experience. A presentation by composer Jonathan FIELDS.

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Jérôme Lejeune: a True Scientist

The life and work of the great geneticist and doctor through the eyes of his daughter, Clara GAYMARD

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How to Build a Human Economy for the Long Term in a (Post-?) Crisis Environment

A discussion on the fundamental questions about work, economy, and finance with Clara GAYMARD, VP of Government Strategy and Sales at GE International, and President and CEO of GE France, Carla HENDRA, founding Chairman, Global Strategy & Innovation at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, and William MCGURN, columnist at the Wall Street Journal

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Our Primary Need Is to Be Loved: The Case of Euthanasia in Quebec

A dialogue among health care professionals interested in more person-oriented medical care, organized by the MedConference

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The Tidings Brought to Mary

The Blackfriars Repertory Theater and The Storm Theater present a special benefit performance of the play by Paul Claudel. Read the introduction by Luigi Giussani.

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New York Encounter Opens

Guided Tours to Exhibits: 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM

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Mass with the Gospel Choir of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Harlem

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Reality, Reason, Freedom: At the Root of the Religious Quest

A discussion on The Religious Sense by L. Giussani with speakers Fr. Julián CARRÓN, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation Movement; H.Em. Sean Cardinal O’MALLEY, Archbishop of Boston; and moderator Michael WALDSTEIN, Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University

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Being Entrepreneurial Beyond Limits

Charitable work and the challenge of business: a new path of development in service to the whole person. A presentation by the founders of Los Angeles Habilitation House, Inc.

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Can an Accomplished Scientist be a Genuine Believer Today?

Exploring the boundaries of faith and science with speakers Msgr. Lorenzo ALBACETE, Theologian and Author; Kenneth MILLER, Professor of Biology at Brown University; and Charles TOWNES, Nobel Prize winner in Physics

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A New York Night

Images and voices from the heart of the city, presented by "Blue Lou" MARINI, accomplished saxophonist, arranger, and composer

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Giacomo Leopardi: Infinite Desire

A homage to the Italian poet on the occasion of the publication of his poems in the U.S. with Jonathan GALASSI, President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Davide RONDONI, Author and Poet; and Joseph WEILER, University Professor at NYU School of Law.

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