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Chesterton as a JournalistThe G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture at Seton Hall University (US) and the Institute Catholique d’Etudes Superieurs (ICES) have the pleasure of announcing the 2012 conference which will be held at Institute Catholique d’Etudes Superieurs on Monday, November 19, 2012. Time and venue to be announced.

While the renaissance of Catholic literature in France was in full swing at the start of the twentieth century, a similar movement was underway in England. Working independently of the French, English writers such as G.M. Hopkins, G.K. Chesterton, and R.H. Benson (convert son of the Archbishop of Canterbury) found much varied inspiration in the same sources as Charles Péguy, Paul Claudel or Georges Bernanos in France. In a difficult period for the Church in France, in England and in Europe, these two movements showed the power of the Catholic mind in search of new ways to live the faith in daily life, in society and in the Church. Juxtaposed, they show us today’s morphology of the Christian imagination whose resources go beyond the limits of national literatures to express the universal character of our life in Christ. What then are the images, the themes, the ideas and the resemblances which allow us to bring these two movements together? And how relevant is the work of these authors today? Such will be the questions addressed during this colloquium by Fr. Ian Boyd, CSB, editor of The Chesterton Review and president of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, Seton Hall University, USA and Dr. Dermot Quinn, professor of history at Seton Hall University and associate editor of The Chesterton Review with closing remarks by Professor Jean Marc Joubert of ICES.

The conference is free and open to the public.
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FR. IAN BOYD C.S.B. is an internationally recognized Chesterton scholar; he is the author of The Novels of G.K. Chesterton (London 1975). 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 also lectures on the subject of "Sacramental Themes in Modern Literature." Among the 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.

DERMOT QUINN is a 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. 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 (Rutgers University Press, 2004)(winner, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, Non-fiction Book of the Year, 2005);Patronage and Piety: The Politics of English Roman Catholicism, 1850-1900 (Stanford University Press/Macmillan, 1993) and Understanding Northern Ireland (Baseline Books, Manchester, UK, 1993 and many articles and reviews in the field of British and Irish history. He was Fellow of the James Madison Program at Princeton University, Academic Year 2008-2009.


Founded in 1990, ICES opened and welcome students under the teaching of the Catholic University of Angers. The concept of University School was born after three years of collaboration with the Catholic University of Angers; the Conseil Supérieur de l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest granted independence to the educational establishment. ICES is a private institution of higher education that revolves around eight courses of university education. These courses can get the state university diplomas in the LMD system. The concept of “University School” combines access to university degrees as well as coaching, discipline and dynamic methods inspired des Grandes Ecoles. The quality of the environment and limited staff, attached to this educational concept, unique in France.


The G. K. Chesterton Institute, a not-for profit educational organization incorporated in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, 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, French, Italian and Portuguese. For information about the Institute or The Chesterton Review please contact

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