William Spencer Reilly – Nov. 15

Timothy Leary’s Dead – “Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In”

On Thursday, November 15, Mr. William Spencer Reilly, Executive Director of the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture presents “Timothy Leary’s Dead – Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In.” He will discuss how the arts–in particular, telling good stories well–can be a way to evangelize and rebuild Catholic community.

The lecture takes place Thursday (not Saturday!), November 15, 7:30 PM, at the Catholic Center at New York University (238 Thompson St., just south of Washington Square Park). A reception and sung Compline will follow.

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William Spencer Reilly is the Executive Director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, a project of the Archdiocese of New York. He has led this new performing arts center from pre-opening, through its gala inaugural celebrations, and now through its first three seasons of theater, talk, film, music, opera, and dance. In less than three years, The Sheen Center has presented more than 150 shows ranging from one-night talks and concerts to longer running theater productions.

Reilly has worked for other Catholic organizations previously, as Executive Producer of The Christopher Awards’ Golden Jubilee Celebration; and Executive Director of Fordham University’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, a year-long series of events, the longest and largest celebration in the history of the university. Reilly also founded the annual Sober St. Patrick’s Day® event with a mission to reclaim the true spirit of the day.

Prior to joining The Sheen Center, Reilly spent 12 years at Odyssey Networks, ending his tenure as the Executive Vice President, Creative Strategies, Production & Partnerships. During his tenure, Reilly was responsible for producing more than 1,000 hours of television, which garnered 30 major awards. He built partnerships with a variety of international broadcasters, expanding the network’s footprint, streamlining production costs, and boosting revenue. He served as President and CEO of Lightworks Pictures, an Odyssey Network subsidiary, where four of his films were among the highest-rated movies in the history of the Hallmark Channel. Reilly cut his teeth as the CEO of Sea Lion Productions, Inc., which produced the highest rated outdoor sports program on ESPN.

Earlier in his career, Reilly was the founding Executive Director of BMCC-CUNY’s TriBeCa Performing Arts Center and Program Director for The American Theatre Wing (founders of the TONY Awards), where he created the long-running and popular cable TV series, “Working in the Theatre,” which became the longest running cable TV show in New York City at 38 years.

Samuel A. Schmitt, Ph.D. – October 13

The Catholic Vision of Carl Schmitt, American Artist

Don’t miss the first lecture of our 2017-2018 series! Samuel Schmitt presents “The Catholic Vision of Carl Schmitt, American Artist.”

The lecture takes place Saturday, October 13, 7:30 PM, at the Catholic Center at New York University (238 Thompson St., just south of Washington Square Park). A reception and sung Compline will follow.

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The vision of American artist Carl Schmitt (1889-1989) embraced the breadth of the Catholic tradition in its mystical, sacramental, historical, and ascetical dimensions, relating these to the seven fine arts and to the life of the artist himself. Rather than vehicles of self-expression or moral instruction, he saw the fine arts as an image of reality in its fullness, which reality is itself an image of the Triune God.

As a young man, Schmitt foresaw the arduous journey he would have to make to realize this vision in his own vocation as an artist. Drawing on the evangelical counsels, his life and his art took a threefold path through what he called the mystical virtues of purity, poverty, and humility, corresponding to the lyric, epic, and dramatic stages of artistic development. The fruit of this journey was a clear vision of things seen in the masterworks of his maturity.

Samuel A. Schmitt is Executive Director of the Carl Schmitt Foundation which seeks to further the legacy of his grandfather, the early Silvermine artist CarlSchmitt. He is the author of Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty. He holds a doctorate in music history from the Catholic University of America and presently serves as Director of Sacred Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. Augustine in Bridgeport. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and six young children.


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