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:

    Gregorian Chant: Liturgical Music and Catholic Intellectualism
    December 10, 2014
    4:00-5:30 PM
    Chapel of the Holy Spirit
    Reception following in Union 613

    The quietness within the monastic walls provided adequate space for chanting and creativity. It also offered the monks a favorable environment for the invention of a system used to visually represent aurally perceived sacred sounds through the utilization of symbols called neumes. Drawing on chant examples from the 9th through the 12th centuries, Sister (Dr.) Marie Agatha Ozah will discuss the ingenuity of these monks as they created the neumatic notations and their use even in contemporary liturgical music. We will sing a few simple chants, limiting ourselves only to the Gregorian chant, from the Graduale Romanum. This presentation will take place in the University Chapel in order to give the participants the opportunity to experience this music within the ambient in which the repertoire is usually performed.

    Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, aged 21 and up,are welcome to attend.

    We ask attendees to RSVP to