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Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center to Host Grand Reopening

Duquesne University will showcase its renovated Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, located on the first floor of the Gumberg Library, during a grand reopening at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

“We are very grateful to Provost Pearson and President Dougherty for their support of the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center,” said Dr. Jeffrey McCurry, director of the center. “We are eager for faculty, staff and students to see the new space.

“Phenomenology has been central to the intellectual and spiritual life of Duquesne for many decades,” explained McCurry. “This renovated space perfectly sets the scene for many more decades of fruitful work in this important approach to the human condition.”

The event will feature a reception and open house to showcase the extensive renovations the center received this summer. The upgrades include:

  • New compact shelving that replaces the old bookshelves, doubling shelf capacity and allowing room for growth as the center’s collection continues to expand
  • New carpet and furniture
  • Upgraded lighting
  • A new coat of paint
  • A small lounge area, which provides space for informal gatherings.

Dougherty will give remarks at 3 p.m., after which the Rev. James McCloskey, C.S.Sp., vice president for mission and identity, will offer a special blessing for the Phenomenology Center’s new space and the work that it will make possible.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.