Chesterton! Reno! August 2-4, 2012! Be There!

How can you stand to miss this:

Thursday, August 2nd

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Registration and Vendor Exhibits

7:00 PM Welcome

7:15 PM     The Adventures of Wisdom Smith Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society

8:30 PM     The Humor and Humility of Chesterton Joseph Pearce, Visiting Fellow and Writer-in-Residence, Thomas More College, New Hampshire; Co-Editor of the Saint Austin Review (StAR)

Friday, August 3rd

9:00 AM     The Failures of Innocent Smith Cameron Moore, PhD, Baylor University and Chesterton scholar

10:30 AM     The Nightmare Goodness of God Ralph Wood, Professor of Theology and Literature, Baylor University

1:00 PM     Chesterton’s Great Campaign to Save a Century Jason Jones, President and Founder of Whole Life America; Co-Executive Producer of Bella

2:30 PM     On Scandal Mark Shea, Popular Catholic writer and speaker

4:00 PM     Chesterton and Shakespeare Kevin O’Brien, President & Artistic Director, Theater of the Word Incorporated

Evening Program – Manalive World Premiere!

7:30 PM     World premiere of the movie, Manalive

9:00 PM     Comments by Joey Odendahl, director, Manalive

Followed by a chat with members of the cast (Mark Shea, Kevin O’Brien, Kaiser Johnson, Ashley Ahlquist, Dale Ahlquist)

Saturday, August 4th

9:00 AM     The Plays and Poetry of Frances Chesterton Nancy Carpentier Brown, author and Frances Chesterton expert

10:30 AM     Life on Other Planets, Life on This Planet, and Chesterton Julian Ahlquist, Chesterton Academy Faculty Member

1:00 PM     Break-Out Sessions

Session I:      Chesterton Q&A; Dale Ahlquist, President, the American Chesterton Society

Session II:     How to Run and Grow a Local Society, Victoria Darkey, Chesterton Society Liaison

Session III:     The Thought of G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Visiting Fellow and Writer-in-Residence, Thomas More College, New Hampshire; Co-Editor of the Saint Austin Review (StAR)

3:00 PM     Chesterton and H.G. Wells: A Comparison Andrew Tadie, Professor of English, Seattle University

5:00 PM Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral with the Most Reverend Randolph Calvo, Bishop of Reno

7:00 PM      Closing Banquet TRADITIONS:  Jokes, Toasts, Songs, Clerihews and Other Fun (Pre-sold guests only – don’t forget to register! Click here for tickets.)

Book the flight, order the bus tickets, get on the train, gas up the car, fire up the hot air balloon, water the horses, or put on your  walking shoes, but BE THERE!  It will be a blast.  You don’t want find yourself on your death bed, decades hence, saying, “If only I’d gone to Chesterton 2012″.  Nobody wants that.  So save yourself a lot of heartache on your deathbed decades hence.  Make your last words be, “I went to Chesterton 2012 and nobody can take that from me!”

Then let your first laugh in heaven be, “Okay God, I guess *you* just took that from me”.  Then go look up Chesterton.  He’ll probably be in celestial pub.  He’ll be happy to see you.

  • jcb

    Good to see Baylor keeping up its reputation as a great Catholic university.


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