The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

18 Chatham Sq., Wilms Bldg.
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.1595
Fax: 412.396.4501

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    Catholic Artistic Imagination

    We are pleased to offer this series of informal receptions exploring the idea of Catholic artistic imagination. Our aims are to:

    • foster a broad and inclusive understanding of Catholic intellectual tradition
    • promote collegiality and collaboration across divisional and disciplinary boundaries
    • create conditions in which cross-disciplinary scholarship may emerge
    • showcase the artistic and intellectual expertise and gifts of Duquesne faculty, graduate students and staff
      share beautiful works of art with interesting people

    Our receptions are open to faculty, staff and graduate students. In future years, we hope to explore different artistic mediums, including music, literature, and the performing arts. Already our efforts this year are sparking complementary initiatives on campus and promoting awareness of collaborative opportunities. Suggestions and feedback are most welcome.

    Upcoming Presentations:


    Fume Fume: An encounter with a traditional dance from Ghana

    April 13, 2015
    4:00 -5:30 PM Africa Room
    Presenter: Joseph Sheehan

    Traditional music in Ghana often combines song, rhythm, and dance into an immersive, communal experience, shared by people of different ages, backgrounds, and musical abilities. In this experiential and informal presentation Dr. Sheehan will share a recreational dance from southern Ghana named Fume Fume. Be prepared to sing a song, perform rhythms, and try some dance movements! While learning the music, we will uncover relationships between movement, language, and rhythm; and see how the musical structure allows for creativity and flexibility. We will also discover a wonderful approach to performance practice that contrasts with many Western musical activities.

    Faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend. Space is limited. Please RSVP by emailing Judi O'Brien at The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.