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Chesterton in Malta FlyerThe G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, US with generous sponsorship of The Farsons Foundation Trust, Strickland Foundation and in collaboration with the Department of English of the University of Malta have the pleasure of announcing a one day conference on the theme "Chesterton's Social & Economic Vision" to be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Erin Serracino Inglott Lecture Hall at the University of Malta (Tal-Qroqq, Msida MSD 2080).

Speakers include: Fr. Ian Boyd, C.S.B., President of the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture; Dr. Dermot Quinn, professor of history at Seton Hall University. Introductions by Prof. Peter Vassallo and Dr. Klaus Vella-Bardon.

About the Speakers

Fr. Ian Boyd, C.S. B. is an internationally recognized Chesterton scholar and the author of The Novels of G.K. Chesterton (London 1975). 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. 

Dr. 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.


Prof. Peter Vassallo is a professor of English Literature and founding editor of the Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies and is currently Chair of the Institute of Anglo-Italian Studies which promotes advanced research in this interdisciplinary field of study. He was President of the International Association of University Professors of English and a Fellow of the English Association. 

Dr. Klaus Vella Bardon is a Dental Surgeon by profession. He has also been greatly inspired by Chesterton's writings. It is his enthusiasm, shared with that of the late veteran journalist and weekly columnist Mr. John Micallef, alias "Roamer," which has contributed to the Chesterton programmes in Malta.

About the Sponsors

The Farsons Foundation
Simmonds Farsons Cisk was formed in 1948. Farsons is one of Malta's leading group of companies and is presently in the catering business and also became a major wines and spirits importer with the formation of Wands limited. The Farsons Foundation was established in 1995, and is endowed by Simonds Farsons Cisk plc. The aims of the Foundation are: to promote and assist the development and public manifestation of Maltese culture especially in the fields of art, music, literature and drama; to contribute to the preservation, knowledge and enhancement of Maltese heritage; to support research and publication of studies on Maltese culture, heritage and history; to provide assistance to talented Maltese nationals in the achievement of higher professional standards in disciplines relating to art, music and drama; to contribute financially towards the work of private, voluntary and non-profit organisations and religious bodies engaged principally in fostering social solidarity.

The Strickland Foundation
The Strickland Foundation was founded by Ms. Mabel Strickland in 1979 and is the beneficiary of the majority shareholding in Allied Newspapers Ltd., publishers of The Times and The Sunday Times in Malta. Its objectives are to foster the national interest of Malta and to promote democratic principles, the observance of human rights and the exercise of free press. It was also established to uphold the European character of Malta and support its presence in the Commonwealth, as well as to finance scholarships. Among its aims is to improve the standard of Maltese journalism and the preservation of its independence.

The University of Malta
The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense which was set up through direct papal intervention on November 12, 1592 and the present shape of the University was established by the 1988 Education Act. The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. The University strives to create courses which are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the country. The University has 11,00 students including over 650 international students from 77 different countries.

The G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture & The Chesterton Review
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, G. Bernanos, H. Belloc, M. Baring, C. Dawson, and a Special Polish Issue among others. The Chesterton Review also publishes one annual issue in Spanish and an annual supplement in Portuguese, French and Italian. For information about the Institute or The Chesterton Review please contact:

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Chesterton Institute
(973) 275-2431


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