COLORADO SPRINGS. The American Chesterton Society will hold its 36th annual conference at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) July 27-29. The theme of the conference is “The Tyranny of the Learned.”
Cost to attend the conference ranges from $85-155 per person, with discounts for members, students and clergy. There are also full packages ranging from $355-$425 that include registration, banquet ticket, meals, parking and a room for three nights on campus. For more information, visit www.chesterton.org.
G.K. Chesterton was an English journalist, author, poet, dramatist and critic who wrote from 1900-1936. His work was published widely in both Europe and the United States, and he was one of the most popular writers of his day, said Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society and a recent guest on Bishop Michael Sheridan’s weekly radio show, “The Joy of the Gospel.”
“During his lifetime, he was one of the most well-known and beloved writers in the entire world; everyone knew who he was,” Ahlquist said. “He shocked everyone by defending Christianity in a very secular setting. He shocked them again when it was announced that he was received into the Catholic Church and became an ardent defender of the Catholic faith.”
While Chesterton’s work became obscure in the decades after his death in 1936, interest in his writings has been on the rise recently, Ahlquist said.
“Over the last couple of decades, there’s certainly been a revival of interest in Chesterton,” he said. “One of the main reasons for that revival is that Chesterton seems to be writing more for the time that we live in right now than for his own time. He saw how the attack on the family, the attack on reason and the attack on faith and all the normal things was coming, and he articulately defended and defined traditional truth. He saw the seeds of it in his time.”
The conference will begin the evening of July 27 with talks by David Mills and Mark Shea. Talks and panel discussions will continue all day on July 28, with Ahlquist will delivering the keynote address at 7:30 p.m.
On July 29 at 3 p.m., there will be a “Walk with Chesterton” at Garden of the Gods, followed by Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 4 p.m. and the closing banquet at 6 p.m.
“We’re very excited about bringing the conference to Colorado Springs,” Ahlquist said, adding the conference is open to anyone regardless of their level of knowledge about Chesterton.
“If they don’t know anything about Chesterton — if they’re curious and want to know more — this is a great way to introduce yourself,” he said.
The complete interview with Dale Ahlquist may be found at www.diocs.org/CCHerald/Audio-Video-Home.