FREE and Open Cultural Festival in Pittsburgh's Synod Hall, Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017

Our 2017 SCHEDULE!

Sept 29-Oct 1 at Synod Hall:

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Friday, Sept. 29

6pm—Keynote by Rev. Joseph Freedy/Claim Your Inheritance if You Want to Own It

6pm—All three exhibits will open in Synod Hall: 1) A drama enshrouded by glory: Men and women at work in the artworks of Jean François Millet; 2) On the Shoulders of Giants: Scientific Locations and Scholars in Europe of Medieval Europe; and 3) The Child as Maestro: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. All are welcome 

7:30pmFREE concert: Chatham Baroque (tickets are necessary for admission; order them here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-concert-chatham-baroque-chamber-ensemble-tickets-36979526760 )

Saturday Morning, Sept. 30

10am—Panel Discussion: On the Shoulders of Giants: Scientific Locations and Scholars in Medieval Europe

Giorgio Ambrosio, Applied Scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Chicago; Maria Elena Monzani, Research Scientist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California; and John Farrell, science journalist at Forbes

11am—Panel Discussion: How Can We Claim Our Technological Heritage?

Davide Bolchini, Professor of Informatics and Computing and Psychology Professor Marita O'Brien

Saturday Afternoon, Sept 30

1pm—Panel Discussion: Refugees: Not Numbers, but People

Younus Mirza, scholar of Islamic history and theology; and Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee, a scholar whose principle field of investigation is authentic human flourishing

1:30pm—Panel Discussion: Overcoming Human Trafficking

Diana Mao, President and Co-Founder of Nomi Network; Kathleen Spinnenweber, Spanish Professor; and Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee, a scholar whose principle field of investigation is authentic human flourishing

2:30pm—Book Presentation: Disarming Beauty, by Fr. Julián Carrón

Rebekah Rojcewicz, Member, Executive Committee of the International Council of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; and Younus Mirza, scholar of Islamic history and theology

3:30pm-5pm—Readings by Poets and Writers: Etymology of Convivium: Completion of the Convivium literary conference

Jessica Mesman Griffith, Jonathan Ryan, Ewa Chrusciel, Elisabeth Beasley Kramp, and Rebecca Bratten Weiss

5pm-6pm—Panel Discussion: The Child as Maestro: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Rebekah Rojcewicz, Member, Executive Committee of the International Council of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; and Suzanne M. Lewis, catechist and formation leader for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

7:30pm —FREE Concert: Traditional Appalachian Music of SW Pennsylvania (tickets are necessary for admission; order them here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-concert-traditional-appalachian-music-of-sw-pennsylvania-tickets-36701093960)

Played by fiddler Mark Tamsula, banjo and flute player Richard Withers, singer Ellen Gozion, and guitarist Dave Krysty.

Sunday, Oct. 1    

10am—All attendees are invited to Mass next door, in St. Paul Cathedral

11:30am—Panel Discussion: A Drama Enshrouded by Glory: Men and Women at Work in the Artworks of Jean-François Millet

Linus Meldrum, independent artist and Professor of Fine Arts; Chiara Bernardini, Research Scientist at University of Notre Dame; and Mayela Cabrera, educator who worked on the exhibit

12:30pm—Film Screening: Under the Flower

Pittsburgh premiere of the much-anticipated film, directed by Giovanni Stroik and produced by Eyecrush Productions, in association with SCAN and Revolution of Tenderness.

1pm—All three exhibits will close in Synod Hall: 1) A drama enshrouded by glory: Men and women at work in the artworks of Jean François Millet; On the Shoulders of Giants: Scientific Locations and Scholars in Europe of Medieval Europe; and 3) The Child as Maestro: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Before this time, make sure to stop in and visit. All are welcome.

We will add more information in coming days. This schedule might undergo slight changes. Keep checking in for the most up-to-date information.

Reserve Tickets for Our Two FREE Concerts:

Register for Etymology of Convivium: A Literary Gathering

Don’t miss out: register for Etymology of Convivium: A Literary Gathering! Here is our Friday, Sept 29 Schedule:

9-9:50- Literary papers: Marina Olsen, “Eros in Aristophanes”; Marie Kopp, “Flannery O'Connor’s Non-Physical Community

10-10:55  - “The Medieval Project of Translating Ancient Scientific Texts," John Farrell 

11:00-11:50 - The George Sandinistas on women writing in community  

12:00- 1:00 - Lunch 

1:00-2 - Musical duo The Stapletons will perform some of their pieces, and discuss the practice of songwriting as an exploration of history 

2-2:50 - “The Theology of the Risen Christ in the Works of Charles Williams,” Jonathan Ryan

3:00 4:00 - Jessica Mesman Griffith, Keynote  

4:15-5:45 - Reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres

Saturday, Sept 30:

3:30-5pm - Readings and conversation with Ewa Chrusciel, Jessica Mesman Griffith, Rebecca Bratten Weiss, Stephen Kramp, Jonathan Ryan, and Elisabeth Beasley Kramp (this final event is free and open to the public)

Space is limited, so please register right away. The entire conference is only $30:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-etymology-of-convivium-a-literary-gathering-tickets-36245981707

Volunteer at the Festival

The best way to visit the Festival of Friendship is as a volunteer. Over the years, our past volunteers have told us that they treasure the moments spent ushering, taking photos, hosting speakers, or even setting up and tearing down the exhibits. To volunteer means to become part of something greater than yourself. You get to satisfy the very human needs to belong and to give of yourself. Please take a moment to fill out the volunteer registration form. Together we can build something great!

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