37th Annual Chesterton Conference

Join us in beautiful Orlando, Florida, for our 37th annual conference. 


The Test of the Imagination


August 2nd-4th, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport


“The Test of the Imagination” is a phrase from “The Ethics of Elfland,” the pivotal chapter in Chesterton’s masterpiece, Orthodoxy. This beloved chapter is chock-full of far-off lands, wonder, magic, and philosophy: so is this conference. Our theme this year? The Test of the Imagination. Speakers from four continents will cover topics ranging from “Chesterton and Kierkegaard” to “Chesterton and Mary Poppins” – see a full list of speakers and topics here.

It doesn’t matter how much you know or don’t know about G.K. Chesterton. You will be delighted and enriched by two-and-a-half days devoted to intellectual stimulation, spiritual edification, and joyful fellowship.

You will not want to miss “Chesterton and Australia,” fittingly given by the President of the Australian Chesterton Society, Karl Schmude. Much closer to home, one of our local society hosts, Brandon Vogt (of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries) will speak on “Chesterton and the Internet.”

Actors Kevin O’Brien and Dave Treadway will portray J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis discussing Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man, the book that influenced them both.

Don’t leave your family at home while you get all the fun – Orlando is filled to the brim with local attractions to keep visitors of all ages busy for days. What better way to get the kids ready to go back to school than with one last family hurrah of the summer? Find information on dozens of sites and attractions at the VisitOrlando website here.

Beloved speakers from past conferences will be back, including Joseph Pearce, Nancy Brown, Joe Grabowski, Julian Ahlquist, James Woodruff, Tom Martin, and Dale Ahlquist. In addition, we are so excited to welcome brand new speakers, including Susan Hanssen (University of Dallas), Gellert Dornay, and Liza Levina.

Great discussions, great debates, and great delights await conferees.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Airport
5555 Hazeltine National Drive
Orlando, Florida, 32812
(407) 856-0100

24-hour airport shuttle service available


August 2 – August 4, 2018

Lodging and Meals

Room reservations are now available through the DoubleTree. To book your room, call 407-856-0100 and mention the Chesterton Society conference, or visit hotel website here (make sure to enter group code ACC to receive the group rate). Rooms are available at a rate of $119/night for a double or a single.

We are offering a 6-meal package of catered meals at the hotel for $125/person (tax included). This includes a Thursday night dinner, all meals on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Upon checking in to the conference you will receive a meal ticket good for one plate for each meal of the weekend. The food will be served buffet-style right in the same area of the hotel as the talks, making the meals both inexpensive and convenient. Please purchase ahead of time as we are unable to sell meals on the spot. Saturday night banquet tickets sold separately.


Registration will be sold in packages and a la carte. We encourage you to purchase the registration packages to save money and to be assured that all of your meals are covered as well as admission to the talks. Please see descriptions of the individual items below to know exactly what is included.

Package pricing (all packages include registration, banquet, and meals):

3-Day Member Pricing: $340.00 – Register Now
3-Day Non-Member Pricing: $370.00 – Register Now
3-Day Student/Clergy Pricing: $295.00 – Register Now

1-Day tickets will be available for purchase at the door as seating allows. We are unable to pre-sell 1-Day tickets. Please note that membership, student, or clergy discounts do not apply for daily tickets.

**We are unable to issue refunds for any conference items (registration, meals, banquet tickets, or vendor tables) at any time.**


A la carte registration does not include banquet tickets. Tickets to the banquet are sold separately for $85/ticket and do not qualify for member discounts.

Interested in being a conference sponsor?

We do what we can to keep the conference reasonably priced for our attendees, which means that often our costs are above and beyond what is covered by registration fees. If you are interested in being a conference sponsor, click here to be taken to our sponsor page.

What else is there to do in Orlando?

Ideas include: The Holy Land Experience, the Orlando Science Center, Gatorland,  Fun Spot, Morse Museum, Sea World, LEGO Land. Use Sun Rail for transportation. Find out more about natural Orlando here. Visit the Orange County Regional History Center.

The grand and beautiful Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe is a great place to visit, and they have a huge gift shop as well.

Flights and Car Rentals

Orlando is a popular tourist destination, and flights can be explored on Expedia, Kayak or Priceline for reasonable prices from many destinations. In addition, Orlando is known as a spot for very inexpensive car rentals, so be sure to investigate those options should you need them.