The Transatlantic Chesterton: Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of Chesterton’s Visit to America

G.K. Chesterton was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Chesterton’s first trip to America. On that four-month lecture tour, he gave over 50 speeches in over 30 cities, all to sold-out, standing-room-only audiences, and he was always the headline when he came into town. He said he had come “to lose my impressions of America.”

Through his travels, Chesterton connected with America because of his ability to express universal truths. In this presentation, Dale Ahlquist will reflect on the striking observations Chesterton made about America and the unique perspective he gave us of America. Ahlquist will also share an update on the great and growing appreciation of Chesterton outside of his native England. This event was recorded on November 10, 2021.

Dale Ahlquist
President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Dale Ahlquist is President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, creator and host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert Magazine.
The author of five books, editor of twelve, Ahlquist has been called “probably the greatest living authority on the life and work of G.K. Chesterton.”

An internationally renowned speaker, he has given more than 700 lectures at universities, conferences, and other institutions, including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Notre Dame, Oxford, the Vatican Forum in Rome, and the House of Lords in London.

Ahlquist is also the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a classical high school in Hopkins, Minnesota, which is the flagship of the Chesterton Schools Network, which now includes 35 high schools in the United States, Canada, Italy, and Iraq. In 2020, he received a Presidential appointment to serve on the National Board of Education Sciences.

Rev. James M. Lies, C.S.C.
Senior Director for Academic Initiatives and Partnerships
London Global Gateway
University of Notre Dame

For more information visit the event website.

Notre Dame London Global Gateway

November 10, 2021

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