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Chesterton Institute 2016 Conferences in Spain  

GK ChestertonConferences in Spain
Madrid: Chesterton as a Journalist
Barcelona: Chesterton's Distributism

G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture

The G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture at Seton Hall University and CEU San Pablo University (Madrid); Ramon Llull University (Barcelona); Catalunya Cristiana Foundation (Barcelona); RadioEstel (Barcelona) and Catalunya America Foundation, have the pleasure of inviting you to attend our upcoming Chesterton Conferences to be held on Monday, October 10th in Madrid and in Barcelona on Thursday, October 13th. The themes of the conferences are: in Madrid "Chesterton as a Journalist," and in Barcelona "Chesterton's Distributism." The Chesterton Institute will also present Vol. VII of the Spanish Edition of The Chesterton Review in both Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish edition is distributed in Spain by Ediciones Encuentro.

In his lifetime Chesterton wrote more than a hundred books. These include, religious treatises, poetry, plays, biographies, literary criticism, as well as the countless essays for which he was best known. He was also a well-known public lecturer and debater. He started his literary career working as a journalist at the Daily News and he also wrote for the Illustrated London News and for many other publications, The Speaker, The Nation, The Listener and, of course, for his own journal, G. K.'s Weekly. His last writing was published just a few days before his death on June 14, 1936, bringing to an end a career that had lasted nearly forty years. He always described himself as being primarily a journalist. One of his most famous comments about his profession was this: "Journalism largely consists in saying 'Lord Jones is dead' to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive," and, on another occasion, he wrote: "Journalism is popular, but is it popular mainly as fiction." In spite of these criticisms, he is known as the "Patron Saint of Journalists."

Distributism, Chesterton's social philosophy, finds its first expression in Pope Leo XIII's 1891 Encyclical Rerum Novarum. In this encyclical, Pope Leo commented on the "misery and the wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class." He also spoke of the need for a social order that would allow all people to own property. In the early part of the twentieth-century, G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc presented a teaching similar to that of the Pope, although it was also influenced by what they observed about the experience of various cooperatives in the U.K. and throughout northern Europe. In the 1930's Chesterton became one of the founders of Distributism, an economic philosophy that criticizes both Capitalism and Socialism-and that promotes a more traditional and humane economic model in which is centered on private property, the home, the land, freedom and human creativity.

The Chesterton Institute is pleased to address these two very important and current topics at our conferences in Spain, and we are grateful to our partner institutions for their assistance in our work.

Madrid: Chesterton as a Journalist
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 6 p.m. @ CEU San Pablo
Presented by the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture and CEU San Pablo University
Speakers: Fr. Ian Boyd, CSB & Dr. Dermot Quinn

Barcelona: Chesterton's Distributism
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. @ Fundació Catalunya-Amèrica
Presented by the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture; School of Philosophy Ramon Llull University, CatalunyaCristiana/RàdioEstel and Fundació Catalunya-Amèrica.
Speakers: Fr. Ian Boyd, CSB & Dr. Dermot Quinn

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