The 2018 Festival of Friendship Is a free, 3-day cultural festival that is open to the public and involves absorbing discussions and talks, beautiful performances, and fascinating exhibits.

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Our 2018 Schedule!

Sept 28-30 at the Trust Arts Education Center:


Friday, Sept 28, 2018

5:30pm Brian Cohen, Co-curator and co-photographer, “Out of Many – Stories of Migration,” introducing an exhibit at the Festival of Friendship

6:30pm Michael and Susan Waldstein, Keynote: “Only Wonder Knows” by two eminent theology professors.

8:00pm Jazz Concert

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018

10am “Journeying Together” Authors Mark Danner and Joshua Stancil will introduce their book on Catholic Buddhist Dialogue

11:00am “Migrants: Not Numbers, but People” Wasi Mohamed, President, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh; Barbara Gagliotti, Association for Volunteers in International Service; Ilaria Schnyder Von Wartensee, Kellogg School for International Studies, Notre Dame University

12:30pm Edward Hopper: Reality and Beyond” Linus Meldrum, Artist and Professor of Fine Arts; Phillip Bowles, Figurative Artist; Bruno Cassarà, Exhibit Translator

The Festival will take place in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, in the Trust Arts Education Center (805 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh), Sept 28-30, 2018.

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Saturday, Sept 29, 2018 Schedule (continued)

2:00pm “Education to Wonder: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” Judene Indovina, Director of Faith Formation, Diocese of Pittsburgh (invited); Celine Mitchell, Director of Religious Education, St. Fidelis Church, Pittsburgh; Alessandro Rovati, Moral Theologian

3:30pm “At the End of the Road There is Someone Waiting for You: Pilgrimage Stories” Kathleen Spinnenweber, Spanish Literature Scholar; Urszula Łukaszuk, Chicago Cabrini Pilgrimage Organizer; Michael Miravalle, Camino pilgrim

5:00pm “What Does Wonder Know?” John Henry Crosby, President, Hildebrand Project; Lucy Tucker Yates, Librettist, Musical Director, and Vocal Coach; Jonathan Bratten, Military Historian; Suzanne Lewis, Coordinator, Revolution of Tenderness

6:30pm “The Miracle of Hospitality” Nadia Khawaja, Journalist; Sharonell Fulton, Foster Parent; Beniamino Rovagnoti and Gaia Temporiti, Adoptive Parents; Sr. Agnes Thérèse Davis, TOR

* This event includes a dinner, hosted by the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

8:00pm Classical Music Concert