CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 7, 2002
G. K. Chesterton Scholar to Speak
University of Iowa Journeys in Faith Speaker's Forum will present G. K. Chesterton
Scholar Dale Ahlquist at its next public lecture 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18
in the Buchanan Auditorium (W-10) in the Pappajohn Business Building.
Ahlquist, president and co-founder of the American Chesterton Society, will
speak on the topic "G. K. Chesterton: A Master of Letters; a Man of Faith."
"Chesterton's importance lies in his relevance to today's society's
issues and problems," says Ahlquist, publisher of Gilbert! Magazine and
creator and host of the popular EWTN-TV program "The Apostle of Common
Sense," a series devoted to the wisdom of the 19 Century writer Chesterton.
"I want our educational institutions to re-discover this important writer."
A follow-up workshop titled "The Chesterton Curriculum" will be
held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Newman Catholic Student
Center, 104 E. Jefferson St.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was a writer with many facets. As a
journalist, he wrote thousands of essays for the London newspapers. He also
wrote a hundred books, including fiction (such as the Father Brown Mysteries
detective stories), plays, poetry, literary criticism, history, economic theory,
philosophy and theology.
He was not only a creator of characters, he was a character in his own right.
At six-foot-four and three hundred pounds, with cape and swordstick, crumpled
hats and tiny glasses at the end of his nose, he was a cause for amusement
wherever he appeared. But he was one of the most beloved men of his time.
The Journeys in Faith Speaker's Forum, sponsored by the University Counseling
Service and the Newman Catholic Student Center, is free and open to the public.
For more information about Ahlquist's lecture or the follow-up workshop, contact
Kathleen Staley at (319) 335-7294. More information about the American Chesterton
Society can be found at http://www.chesterton.org/.