GKC in London

London in November doesn’t sound like much fun I know (unless you’re one of those crazy people, like your humble servant, who positively enjoys rotten weather); but I would defy anyone not to want to be in London this November for … drumroll please! … The G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture’s conference on “Chesterton @ the Daily News.”




This conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies @ Seton Hall University.  For information and to register please contact: [email protected] Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julia Stapleton Speakers: Fr. Ian Boyd, C.S.B. Dr. John Coates Dr. Sheridan Gilley Dr. William Oddie Dr. Dermot Quinn Gilbert K. Chesterton, (1874-1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, public lectures and debates, literary criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction. During his time at the Daily News, from 19011913, Chesterton engaged in most of the key debates of the time, such as education, eugenics, secularism, criminal justice, social reform, imperialism, temperance reform, women’s suffrage and Britain’s foreign alliances. Saturday, November 17, 2012 From 2—7 pm At the Marlborough Room Oxford and Cambridge Club 71 Pall Mall, London.


About the Speakers


FR. IAN BOYD C.S.B. is an internationally recognized Chesterton scholar, he is the author of The Novels of G.K. Chesterton (London 1975). For many years he was Professor of English at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. Currently he is a member of the Department of English at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Father Boyd also lectures on the subject of “Sacramental Themes in Modern Literature.” Among the Christian authors whose work he discusses are T.S. Eliot, Graham Greene, C.S. Lewis, Flannery O’Connor, Piers Paul Read, Muriel Spark and Evelyn Waugh. In nineteenth-century literature, he is interested in the work of such authors as Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Father Boyd is the Founder and Editor of The Chesterton Review and the President of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture based at Seton Hall University.


JOHN COATES (M.A. Cambridge, Ph.D. Exeter) is a retired member of the Department of English, University of Hull, U.K. he has published Chesterton and the Edwardian Cultural Crisis (1984) and Chesterton as Controversialist , Essayist, Novelist and Critic (2002), together with books on Romantic Prose, Kipling, Elizabeth Bowen and most recently (2011) on Walter Pater. He is now working on another study of Kipling.


SHERIDAN GILLEY is Emeritus Reader in Theology in Durham University. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Chesterton Review , and of the Board of Trustees of the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, U.K. Dr. Gilley is author of Newman and His Age (Darton, Longman & Todd: London, 2012)


WILLIAM ODDIE is a former editor of The Catholic Herald , and has produced a number of books, including Dickens and Carlyle (1970), What will happen to God? (a study of feminist theology, 1984), The Roman Option (1995) and John Paul the Great (2005). His book Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy, was published by the Oxford University Press in 2008, and he edited The Holiness of GK Chesterton (2010). He was ordained an Anglican clergyman in 1977, and became chaplain to postgraduate students at Oxford University. In 1981 he was elected a fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. In 1987 he became a full-time journalist, writing regularly for such papers as The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times , and The Daily Mail . In 1991 he was received into the Catholic Church.


DERMOT QUINN is a Professor of History at Seton Hall University, a member of the Board of Advisors of the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture and a member of the Editorial Board of The Chesterton Review. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin and New College, Oxford, where he was awarded a doctorate in 1986. He has written extensively on Chestertonian themes, has authored three books The Irish in New Jersey: Four Centuries of American Life (Rutgers University Press, 2004)(winner, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, Non-fiction Book of the Year, 2005); Patronage and Piety: The Politics of English Roman Catholicism, 1850-1900 (Stanford University Press/Macmillan, 1993) and Understanding Northern Ireland (Baseline Books, Manchester, UK, 1993 and many articles and reviews in the field of British and Irish history. He was Fellow of the James Madison Program at Princeton University, Academic Year 2008-2009.


JULIA STAPLETON is a Reader in Politics at Durham University. Her research is focused on British intellectual history in the twentieth century, with particular reference to political thought and national identity. Her publications include Englishness and the Study of Politics: the Social and Political Thought of Ernest Barker (1994); and Christianity, Patriotism and Nationhood: the England of G. K. Chesterton (2009). She is the editor of G. K. Chesterton at the Daily News: Literature, Liberalism and Revolution, 1901-1913 (2012). 




Chesterton @ the Daily News London, England SOUTH ORANGE, N.J, September 2012—The G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture at Seton Hall University (US), has the pleasure of announcing the 2012 Conference in London on the theme of “Chesterton @ the Daily News.” The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University. The conference will focus on Chesterton’s years at the Daily News, from 1901–1913. Dr. Julia Stapleton, the keynote speaker, has published a critical edition that includes all his contributions to the newspaper including some that have never been republished since their initial appearance. As well as a regular columnist from 1903, Chesterton was a book reviewer throughout these years at the paper and wrote many “letters to the editor,” too. During his time at the Daily News, Chesterton was engaged in most of the key debates of the time, on such subjects as education, eugenics, secularism, criminal justice, social reform, imperialism, temperance reform, women’s suffrage and Britain’s foreign alliances. Other speakers include: Fr. Ian Boyd, C.S.B., Dr. John Coates, Dr. Sheridan Gilley, Dr. William Oddie and Dr. Dermot Quinn The conferences will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 2-7 pm at the Oxford and Cambridge Club (71 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HD) The conference is free and open to the public. For more information and to register please contact: [email protected].



The G. K. Chesterton Institute, a not-for profit educational organization incorporated in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, is located at Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. Its purpose is to promote the thought of G. K. Chesterton and his circle and more broadly, to explore the application of Chestertonian ideas in the contemporary world. The Institute’s work consists of conferences, lecture series, research and writing. The Chesterton Review, founded in 1974, has been widely praised both for its scholarship and for the quality of its writing. Edited by Father Ian Boyd, C. S. B., it includes a wide range of articles not only on Chesterton himself, but on the issues close to his heart in the work of other writers and in the modern world. It has devoted special issues to C. S. Lewis, George Bernanos, Hilaire Belloc, Maurice Baring, Christopher Dawson, Cardinal Manning, the Modernist Crisis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Fantasy Literature, and a Special Polish Issue. The Chesterton Review also publishes one annual issue in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. For information about the Institute or The Chesterton Review please contact www.shu.edu/go/chesterton.



For over 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student, mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers. Seton Hall is a Catholic university that embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each to better the world through integrity, compassion and a commitment to serving others. Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997 and directed by Rev. Msgr. Richard M. Liddy, PhD, the Center for Catholic Studies (www.shu.edu/academics/artsci/catholic-studies-center) is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. The Center co-developed the present University Core Curriculum and originated the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center supports the Department with student scholarship aid and an ongoing program of co- curricular activities. Focusing on the central role of faculty, the Center sponsors regular Faculty Development programs, both internal and national. A focus of international scholarship, the Center is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics communicates Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review, and Arcadia, a student journal. As of Fall 2012, The Newman Association of America will be housed under the auspices of the Center for Catholic Studies.






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