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:

    Composing Inner Resonance: Contemporary Musical Settings of the Passion
    March 16, 2015
    4:00 -5:30 PM  Africa Room
    Presenter: Zvonimir Nagy

    The accounts of the Holy Week Gospel narratives have inspired composers throughout music history to set the narrative of Christ's Passion to music. From cross-cultural and cross-denominational perspectives, the presentation will unveil a selection of more recent Passion music by present day composers. The discussion will offer a window into the composers' creative world as it arranges a moderated dialogue between the sense of the composer's musical representations and music's ultimate manifestations at the crossroads of tradition and innovation.

    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.

    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.