From the Celestial to the Political, Sheen Center’s Fall Schedule Is Plentiful


The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in Lower Manhattan presents a variety of programs this fall, among them “Jesuits and Jedi Episode II: the Dominicans Strike Back,” Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Loreto Theater. The Sheen’s original series continues a dialogue between faith and science through the iconic lens of the movie “Star Wars” and features guest speakers, author Father Humbert Kilanowski, O.P., and Father John Maria Devaney, O.P., Sirius XM radio host.

Cardinal Dolan will host “Alfred E. Smith: The Man Behind the Dinner” through a panel discussion with historians Terry Golway and Robert Slayton, examining the extraordinary life and legacy of Alfred E. Smith on Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. This year marks the 90th anniversary of Alfred E. Smith’s presidential run and the event will highlight his unparalleled contribution to American political life. The evening will feature a short video, panel discussion and an invitation-only pop-up exhibit curated by the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York.

A broad range of authors and thought leaders will showcase their ideas at the Sheen Center this season, taking on politics, civility in public discourse and the many lived expressions of faith in the world today.

The Sheen’s signature series, “Civility in America,” hosted in partnership with America Media, returns with “Civility in America: On Campus.” Princeton University professors Cornel West and Robert P. George will take the Loreto Stage on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. to discuss civility in higher education and debate charged topics from their respective liberal and conservative perspectives.

Talks at the Sheen Center begin Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. with America Media’s John Courtney Murray, S.J., lecture, “Restoring Civility to the Public Discourse,” featuring Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. On Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Fox News’ Juan Williams will discuss his new book, “What the Hell Do You Have to Lose? Trump’s War on Civil Rights” in the Loreto Theater.

Talks will take a philosophical turn with the 2018 Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture, presented by the Crossroads Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., featuring author D.C. Schindler, an associate professor at The Catholic University of America, speaking on the essence of freedom and its forgotten origins.

Films include “Into The Night” on Wednesday,

Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Loreto Theater. The new documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney grapples with death and dying. The screening is followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker.

Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., will join Rachel Marie Collins on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. to discuss Ms. Collins’ book “Called by God: Discernment and Preparation for Religious Life,” in Studios A&B.

The Justice Film Festival returns Friday to Sunday, Nov. 2-4, with a roster of socially conscious films that include director Brian Ivie’s “Emanuel,” a story chronicling the victims and survivors of the 2015 Emanuel AME Church Shooting in Charleston, S.C. The festival also features director Kenneth A. Carlson’s “The Heart of Nuba,” a portrait of American doctor Tom Catena, which focuses on his service to a forgotten community in the Nuba Mountains of war-torn Sudan.

The New York premiere of the critically acclaimed play “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” opens Friday, Nov. 9, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 30, in the Loreto Theater. The a capella musical tells the story of the unlikely truce of 1914 that brought British, German and French soldiers out of the trenches to celebrate Christmas in a moment of mutual recognition, defiance and grace amid World War I.

“Faith and Duty: The Role of Spirituality in Times of War,” Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Black Box Theater, is a panel discussion that examines the role faith plays in times of war, beginning with the rise of the chaplain corps during World War I.

The Gallery exhibition “Faith & Duty: New York’s Chaplains in World War I,” Nov. 21- Dec. 15. shows World War I as seen through the words of chaplain priests and soldiers who served from the Archdiocese of New York. Curators are Kate Feighery, archdiocesan archivist, and Bridget Cusick, director of marketing for the archdiocese.

Among the myriad musical offerings is “Oliver Messaien: Vingt Regards Sur L’enfant-Jésus,” Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Loreto Theater. Five of New York’s distinguished contemporary pianists join together to perform Olivier Messiaen’s meditations on the Infant Jesus.

The Sheen Center Family Christmas, Monday,

Dec. 17, at
7 p.m. in the Loreto
Theater, features

Tony Award nominee
Jamie Parker,
Broadway’s Harry
Potter, reading the poem “The
Night Before Christmas.” Choirs sing, and the event concludes with a screening of a classic holiday short film.


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