Come celebrate the life and legacy of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen! This event will introduce and honor one of the most towering figures in the American Catholic Church of the 20th century. His pioneering and award-winning work in the media helped inspire a deeper appreciation and understanding of the faith.
Join The Sheen Center for our annual holiday celebration, featuring a celebrity host, a children’s choir singing carols, a reading of the classic poem “A Night Before Christmas,” and a screening of the original animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Fun for the family!
Raúl Esparza is currently known for his role ADA Rafael Barba on Law & Order: SVU but theater mavens know him for his award-winning performances in Broadway musicals such as Company, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Taboo, The Rocky Horror Show, and Cabaret, and plays including Arcadia, Speed-the-Plow, and The Homecoming.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the largest exhibition The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art has ever done, opening May 10, 2018 in both The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters.
Fr. James Martin, S.J. discusses this groundbreaking exhibition with Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute and C. Griffith Mann, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition will feature a dialogue between fashion and religious artworks from The Met collection to examine the relationship between creativity and the religious imagination.
The cornerstone of the exhibition is approximately 50 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican. These will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries and will include papal vestments and accessories, such as rings and tiaras, from the 18th to the early 21st century, encompassing more than 15 papacies. The last time the Vatican sent a loan of this magnitude to The Met was in 1983, for The Vatican Collections exhibition, which is the Museum’s third most-visited show.
In addition, approximately 150 ensembles from the early 20th century to the present, primarily womenswear by a panoply of well-known fashion designers, will be shown in the medieval galleries and The Met Cloisters alongside religious art from The Met collection, providing a context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism.
About the Participants
Andrew Bolton joined The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2002, as Associate Curator, was named Curator in 2006, and become Curator in Charge in January 2016 upon the retirement of his predecessor, Harold Koda. Mr. Bolton worked alongside Mr. Koda on exhibitions including Dangerous Liaisons (2004), Chanel (2005), Poiret (2007), and Schiaparelli and Prada (2012); and alone on AngloMania (2006), Superheroes (2008), American Woman (2010), Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), Punk (2013), China: Through the Looking Glass (2015), Manus x Machina (2016), and Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017).
Bolton has authored and co-authored more than 15 books. He lectures and contributes scholarly articles to various publications. Prior to joining The Met, Mr. Bolton worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for nine years, as Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary Fashion, and prior to that as Curatorial Assistant in the Far Eastern Department. During this period, he also curated exhibitions at the London College of Fashion. Born in Great Britain, Mr. Bolton earned a B.A. in social anthropology and an M.A. in Non-Western Art from the University of East Anglia.
Dr. C. Griffith Mann was appointed The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters in September 2013. He is responsible for the medieval collections and curatorial staff at The Met Fifth Avenue (the Museum’s main building) and for directing the staff and operations of The Met Cloisters (the branch of the Museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe). Dr. Mann received his B.A. in art history and history from Williams College, and his Ph.D. in medieval art from The Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in the arts of late medieval Italy, he has published on civic patronage, painting, and devotion in Tuscany. As a curator, Dr. Mann has worked on exhibitions on the medieval cult of relics, the art and archaeology of medieval Novgorod, and French manuscript illumination of the 13th century. Prior to joining The Met, Dr. Mann served as the Chief Curator and Deputy Director at The Cleveland Museum of Art, where he helped to lead the museum’s reinstallation, acquisition, and exhibition programs. And, as medieval curator and Director of the Curatorial Division at The Walters Art Museum, he worked on exhibitions and the permanent collection.
Fr. James J. Martin, S.J. (Moderator), is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and bestselling author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Between Heaven and Mirth. Father Martin has written for many publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks, as well as in venues ranging from NPR’s “Fresh Air”, FOX’s “The O’Reilly Factor”, and PBS’s “NewsHour” to Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed him to be a Consultor for the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication.
- Tiara of Pius IX (reigned 1846–78). German and Spanish, 1854. Courtesy of the Collection of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, Papal Sacristy, Vatican City. Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Digital Composite Scan by Katerina Jebb.
Restoring Civility to the Public Discourse
The annual John Courtney Murray, S.J., Lecture, founded in 1968 to honor the legacy of this longtime contributor to America magazine and a pioneer in church-state relations, addresses issues at the intersection of the church and world. Previous Murray lecturers include Roberto Cardinal Tucci, S.J., Zbigniew Brzezinski, Rabbi Daniel Polish and Sister Mary Rose McGeady, D.C.
Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He has served as president since January 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise. Brooks is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and appeared on the cover of America magazine’s February 20, 2017 issue.
Join bestselling author, FOX News political analyst, and civil rights expert, Juan Williams, as he discusses his new book that delivers a forceful critique of the Trump administration’s rollback of the civil rights movement. In chapters devoted to each of the major areas of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Williams tells the less known and forgotten stories of heroes like Bob Moses, A. Philip Randolph, and Everett Dirksen, who fought for voting rights, integration of public schools and spaces, and more.
Juan Williams currently serves as a co-host of FOX News Channel’s The Five and also appears as a political analyst on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace and Special Report with Bret Baier. Williams joined the network as a contributor in 1997. In addition to his more than 10-year career with NPR, where he served as a senior national correspondent and news analyst, Williams spent 23 years at The Washington Post. During his tenure there, Williams covered every major political campaign from 1980 to 2000 as a national correspondent and a political columnist. He has also interviewed numerous influential people and presidents over the course of his career, including former President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former President George H. W. Bush and former President Ronald Reagan. Williams’ career in media spans back several decades across many platforms. A recipient of several awards for his writing and investigative journalism, he also won an Emmy Award for television documentary writing and has received widespread critical acclaim for numerous projects, including a series of documentaries, including: “Politics: The New Black Power” and “A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom.” Additionally, he is the author of six books, including the non-fiction bestseller, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965” and “Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary” which landed on BookBub’s “40 Best Biographies of all Time.” Williams has also written numerous articles and has contributed to many national magazines, including: TIME, Fortune, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Ebonyand GQ.
What is freedom and what is its origin? What does it have to do with human desire, fulfillment, authority, and power?
A great deal of uncertainty surrounds these questions. As a result, in workplaces, on campuses, even in one’s own home, personal risk and responsibility in human relationships are progressively eroded and replaced with rules, policies, and risk management directives, as if we were suspicious of leaving too much room to freedom’s unpredictability.
In a land that values liberty, it seems that we are confused about what really brings us freedom, we trust it less and less and are willing to trade it for one of its many palliatives. How did we end up here?
The Third Annual Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture will be given by Prof. D.C. Schindler who will speak about a topic that was so dear to Monsignor Albacete, and address some of the above questions.
Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, soul, mind and mentor of Crossroads, chaired its advisory board from its establishment in 2007 until he passed away on October 24, 2014. In order to honor his memory, to deepen his profound intuitions about the interaction of culture with religiosity and reason, and to follow his shining example of dialogue with people in various walks of life by meeting them at the level of human experience, Crossroads has established the “Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture.”
D.C. Schindler is Associate Professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology at The John Paul II Institute at The Catholic University of America, in Washington DC. He received his BA in Great Books at the University of Notre Dame, his MTS at The John Paul II Institute in theological anthropology, and then an MA and PhD in philosophy at CUA. Schindler works on the themes of the transcendentals (beauty, truth, and goodness) and their anthropological correlates (love, reason, and freedom), above all in ancient Greek philosophy, classical German philosophy, and modern and contemporary Catholic philosophy. He is the author of many books—most recently Freedom from Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty (ND Press, 2017) and Love and the Postmodern Predicament: Rediscovering the Real in Beauty, Goodness, and Truth (Cascade Books, 2018)—and the translator of Ferdinand Ulrich’s Homo Abyssus: The Drama of the Question of Being. He is also an editor of the North American edition of Communio.
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This panel discussion will examine the role that faith plays in times of war. Beginning the conversation with the rise of the chaplain corps during the First World War, a group of academics, religious, and current duty military will speak about the importance for caring for the spiritual well being of soldiers in the face of the horrors of war.