Chesterton expert Dale Ahlquist will deliver a lecture titled “The Democracy of the Dead” to the Christendom College community on Monday, February 22. Part of the college’s Major Speaker Program, the exclusive talk will begin at 7:15 pm in St. Lawrence Commons.
Ahlquist, the president of the American Chesterton Society, will focus his lecture on why G.K. Chesterton remains the great defender of both freedom and tradition in the modern world, where both are constantly under assault. Chesterton is one of the most celebrated authors and theologians of the early-twentieth century, whose writings still remain popular today.
A native of Minnesota, Dale Ahlquist received his B.A. from Carleton College, and his M.A. from Hamline University. After reading Chesterton’s famed work The Everlasting Man, Ahlquist converted and was received into the Catholic Church in 1997, and quickly became one of the most respected Chesterton scholars in the world after founding the American Chesterton Society. Ahlquist has written, edited, or contributed to over fifteen works on Chesterton, including G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton and The Complete Thinker.
An internationally renowned speaker, Ahlquist has given more than six hundred lectures at national and international conferences, at such locations as Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Notre Dame, Oxford, the Vatican Forum in Rome, and the House of Lords in London. Ahlquist has been interviewed by the New York Times, First Things, BBC News and BBC Radio, Breitbart, and The Independent (U.K.), He is a regular columnist for The Catholic Servant, and his articles have appeared in Chronicles, Crisis, St. Austin’s Review, The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, The Great Books Reader, Christian Higher Education, Faith and Reason, and more.
Ahlquist created and hosted the popular Apostle of Common Sense television series for EWTN, and is the publisher of Gilbert, the flagship magazine of the American Chesterton Society. Ahlquist is also the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a new high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has been rated one of the “Top 50 Catholic Schools” in the nation by the Cardinal Newman Society.
Christendom College’s Major Speaker Program is an important aspect of the academic life at the College, offering the students and community an opportunity for cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment beyond the classroom. The program offers students the opportunity to gain greater insights and depth of understanding of important issues, and to interact personally with a wide range of men and women who are shapers and critics of our society.