July 27th, 2012Too Good To Miss!by Joseph Pearce

Time is running out! Register today for the 31st Annual Chesterton Conference in Reno, August 2-4!


The American Chesterton Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of G.K. Chesterton’s classic novel, Manalive, at its 31st annual conference August 2-4 at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The theme of the conference is “Break the Conventions, Keep the Commandments,” a pivotal line from Manalive.

One of the highlights of the conference will be the world premiere of the independent movie, Manalive, the first full-length feature film based on a novel by G.K. Chesterton. Scroll down for a complete list of conference speakers and their intriguing topics.

This is going to be a fun conference. Intellectually stimulating, spiritually nourishing, and full of Chesterton wit and joy! Come join us!

Your Servant,

Dale Ahlquist

President, American Chesterton Society

For more information visit our website at www.chesterton.org.

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Schedule and Speakers

Thursday, August 2nd

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

7:00 PM

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, Writer-in-Residence and Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University; 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!

7:00 PM
Performance by Eric Genuis, virtuoso pianist and acclaimed performer

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

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.)

Discounted Hotel Rooms are Available!

Discounted room rates are available for conference attendees who stay at the
Silver Legacy Hotel. Call 1-800-687-8733 and mention group code ACS812
to reserve your rooms today at the discounted rate.

Questions? Contact the American Chesterton Society at  1-800-343-2425.

See you in Reno!

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