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Release: Oct. 7, 2002

G. K. Chesterton Scholar to Speak

The 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