All presentations, exhibits, displays, and tours are free and open to the public. No registration required.

The following artistic performance requires a paid admission:

A Choir is the Place Where the ‘I’ and the People Meet” (Fr. L. Giussani)

Performance Saturday, January 18, 2014, 9:00 pm. Open seating. Tickets are $20 and are available online and at the door.

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Schedule

New York Encounter Cultural Festival runs from  Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 15, 2012

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

See past programs: 2013 | 2011

6:00PM

New York Encounter Opens

6:45PM

Politics as a Vocation

The World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra will perform a short piece followed by keynote speaker Mary Ann GLENDON, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University, President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.  

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8:00PM

Guided Tour of Exhibits

Guided tour of exhibits 8:00 PM

9:00PM

Classical Music Concert by Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra

The Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble of young musicians who come together to tackle the challenge of playing great chamber orchestra works. The ensemble was founded in 1997 by Director Sherri Anderson.

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10:00AM

New York Encounter Opens

Guided Tours of Exhibits: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 7:00 PM

12:00PM

A Star is Born!

A presentation and a virtual journey back through space and time. Star formation in the latest stunning images from the Hubble Space Telescope with Massimo Robberto, Full Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

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2:30PM

Pope John Paul II: Saint Because True Man

Stories from the life of Pope John Paul II with Monsignor Lorenzo ALBACETE, Theologian; Archbishop H.E. Diarmuid MARTIN, Archbishop of Dublin; and Krzysztof ZANUSSI, Movie Director.

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4:00PM

Monsignor Luigi Giussani: a Priest Wounded by Beauty

A documentary on the life of the founder of Communion and Liberation.

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5:30PM

Infinite Relationship vs. Constantly Connecting: The Ideals and Struggles of the "Online" Generation and the Role of Education

A discussion about the new challenges in education today with Chris BACICH, U.S. Leader of Communion and Liberation, Ross DOUTHAT, New York Times Columnist, and Matthew KAMINSKI, member of The Wall Street Journal's Editorial Board.

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8:30PM

"The Truest Expression of a People Is in its Dance and in its Music." (Agnes de Mille)

An evening of folk dances from Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and Ukraine. Tickets are $15 and are available online and at the door. Open seating. Performances by: JUNG Traditional Korean Dance Academy, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Barynya Russian Dance Ensemble, and more. 

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9:00AM

New York Encounter Opens

Guided Tours of Exhibits: 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 7:00 PM

10:00AM

New York Encounter for Kids

A show for children and families. With the Soul Arts Academy Performing Ensemble, the Bensohurst Youth Drama Group, and more.

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11:30AM

Holy Mass

Celebrated by Archbishop H.E. Diarmuid MARTIN, Archbishop of Dublin, with music by the Deanna Witkowski Trio, featuring Deanna WITKOWSKI, New York-based jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist.

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2:30PM

What Is Christianity?

A presentation of the fundamental elements of the Christian fact in light of At the Origin of the Christian Claim by Msgr. Luigi Giussani, with speakers Fr. Julián CARRÓN, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation Movement; and Fr. Sidney GRIFFITH, Professor of Semitic Languages and Literature at the Catholic University of America.

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4:00PM

William Congdon: Painting to the Depths of Reality

A documentary on an action painter rediscovered, presented by Jane MILOSCH, Director, Provenance Research Initiative, Office of the Undersecretary for History, Art, and Culture, at the Smithsonian Institution.

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5:30PM

"Either We Depend on God or on Power": The Case of the Arab Spring

A discussion about the events in Arab countries and the role of religion in the fight for freedom, with Frank ANDERSON, Former Chief, Near East Division, Directorate of Operations, CIA and Wael FAROUQ, Professor of the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo.

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8:30PM

Pure American Juice

A journey through the major scenes influenced by American Music: a powerful live performance along with photography and personal accounts bringing to life the origin and heart of history changing music such as blues, jazz, gospel, soul, and rock n roll.

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11:00PM

New York Encounter Closes

Lottery drawing and farewell until next year.