2019 – 2020 Lecture Series

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The Art of the Beautiful

Understanding how the Catholic Faith informs the arts

Friday, September 27

T. J. Berden

Filmmaker and producer (PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST; FULL OF GRACE)

Friday, November 8*

Sir James MacMillan

Composer and conductor

*Note location and time.

Reception at 4 PM. Archbishop Hughes Center, 32 Prince St. at Mott.

Lecture at 5 PM. Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old CathedralMott St. at Prince.

Tuesday, February 18

James Matthew Wilson, Ph.D.

Poet, Critic, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature at Villanova University

Tuesday, March 31

Rev. Timothy Valentine, Ph.D.

Diocese of Rockville Center

Tuesday, April 21

Bronwen McShea, Ph.D.

Author, Artist, Associate Research Scholar with Princeton University’s James Madison Program

Reception at 6 PM

Lecture at 7 PM

Catholic Center at New York University, 238 Thompson St.

* MacMillan event: reception at 4 PM, and lecture at 5 PM, at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.


Filmmaker & Producer T. J. Berden – Sept. 27

Can a Movie Change Your Life?


The Art of the Beautiful series returns with Los Angeles-based filmmaker and producer T.J. Berden (PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST; FULL OF GRACE). Reception at 6 PM. Lecture at 7 PM.

T.J. Berden worked in grassroots marketing campaigns on films such as THE STONING OF SORAYA M and TREE OF LIFE before embarking as co-writer and producer on a series of films that portray biblical themes and characters in a deeply artistic, refreshing, and engaging manner, a genre he has referred to as “sacred-arthouse.”

Berden’s work has achieved critical and box office success, and the attention of Sony Pictures, which released his last film, PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST.

He is currently producing a new limited television series and a documentary on Brazil’s revolutionary APAC prison system. He is releasing RESTORED: STORIES OF ENCOUNTER, a documentary series with ODB Films, and assistant producing Frank Wildhorn’s Broadway musical adaptation of the film classic, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE.

T.J. will speak about the work of a film producer, the process of filmmaking, reaching new audiences, and hope for the future of cinema. We’ll screen scenes from his latest work.

Reception: 6 PM
Lecture: 7 PM

Location: Catholic Center at NYU (238 Thompson St.)

Admission for Sustaining Members: FREE
Suggested donation for non-members: $20

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