31st Annual Chesterton Conference
Break the Conventions. Keep the Commandments.
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August 1-3, 2013 – Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts!
August 2-4, 2012
Silver Legacy Resort and Casino
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Chesterton’s novel, Manalive. To celebrate, we will be showing the world premiere of the movie, Manalive, directed by Joey Odendahl and starring Mark Shea and Kevin O’Brien. Our conference theme is Break the Conventions. Keep the Commandments, a pivotal line from Manalive! Click here to register today!
The area features lots of wonderful things to see and do, including beautiful Lake Tahoe, historic Virginia City, a variety of art galleries, family friendly activities (safari zoo, water park, Exploratorium), and a monastery and a convent. That’s right. What did you think you’d find in Reno? It will be the best conference we’ve ever had!
Thursday, August 2nd
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Registration and Vendor Exhibits
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, Visiting Fellow and Writer-in-Residence, Thomas More College, New Hampshire; 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!
7:30 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
Chesterton Q&A; Dale Ahlquist, President, the American Chesterton Society
How to Run and Grow a Local Society, Victoria Darkey, Chesterton Society Liaison
The Thought of G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Visiting Fellow and Writer-in-Residence, Thomas More College, New Hampshire; Co-Editor of the Saint Austin Review (StAR)
3:00 PM Chesterton and H.G. Wells: A Comparison
Andrew Tadie, Professor of English, Seattle University
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 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.***
A free shuttle is available from the Reno airport to the Silvery Legacy Hotel, departing at :15 and :45 each hour.
Plan a memorable family vacation while you’re in Reno for the conference – more information at the Reno / Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau!
Register for the conference online by visiting our store or call us at 952-831-3096. Student discounts are available. Don’t forget to register for our annual closing banquet!
Make Your Plans for Next Year!
Save the date for next year’s conference! It will take place at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, August 1-3, 2013.