Seton Hall University

Chesterton Conference in Toronto, Canada  

ChestertonThe G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture at Seton Hall and the Office of the Cardinal of the Archdioceses of Toronto have the pleasure of inviting you to attend our upcoming Chesterton Conference to be held on Saturday, April 2, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada. The theme of the conference, “Chesterton’s Canada: Landscape & Legend”, is derived from a talk Chesterton gave at St. Michael’s College during his visit to Canada in 1930. In this talk, he suggested that the Canadian legend originates in the battle on the plains of Abraham, the battle which led to the deaths of both the English General, James Wolfe whom Chesterton calls “that bourgeois boy of genius” and the French General Montcalm whom Chesterton describes simply as “that great French gentleman in arms." Because of his conviction that conflict is the best basis for friendship, Chesterton saw this battle as a promise of the eventual reconciliation between the French and the British traditions in Canada’s national life. The “landscape” in the title refers to Chesterton enthusiasm for the magnificence of the landscape as he entered Montreal by way of the St. Lawrence River.

Father Ian Boyd, a Canadian priest and an internationally recognized Chesterton scholar, is the author of The Novels of G.K. Chesterton. 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 lectures on the subject of "Sacramental Themes in Modern Literature." Among 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.

Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins is a Canadian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was ordained a priest in 1973 and was named Bishop of St. Paul, Alberta in 1997 and Archbishop of Edmonton in 1999. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Collins tenth Archbishop of Toronto in December 2006. On February 18, 2012, he was elevated to the College of Cardinals in Rome, becoming the fourth cardinal in the history of the Archdiocese of Toronto and 16th in Canadian history. Cardinal Collins holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from St. Jerome’s College in Waterloo, ON and University of Western Ontario respectively; a Bachelor of Theology from St. Peter’s Seminary in London, ON; a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

Dermot Quinn is 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. He was 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; Patronage and Piety: The Politics of English Roman Catholicism, 1850-1900 and Understanding Northern Ireland and many articles and reviews in the field of British and Irish history.

About the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture and the Chesterton Review
The G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture 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 and an annual supplement in Portuguese and French. For information about the Institute or The Chesterton Review please contact or by clicking here »

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