The Notre Dame London Chesterton Lecture


Location: Online

G.K. Chesterton on the boat to America in 1921
G.K. Chesterton on the boat to America in 1921

The Transatlantic Chesterton

Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of Chesterton's Visit to America

G.K. Chesterton was an important English writer who has had an amazing effect on the other side of the ocean.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of Chesterton's first trip to America. On that four-month lecture tour, he gave over 50 speeches in over 30 cities, all to sold-out, standing-room-only audiences, and he was always the headline when he came into town. He said he had come “to lose my impressions of America.” 

Through his travels, Chesterton connected with America because of his ability to express universal truths. In this presentation, Dale Ahlquist will reflect on the striking observations Chesterton made about America and the unique perspective of America he gave us. Ahlquist will also share an update on the great and growing appreciation of Chesterton outside of his native England.

As we were unable to gather in person this year for our Annual Chesterton Lecture, we're bringing you a virtual event from pre-eminent Chesterton Scholar, Dale Ahlquist, who will discuss Chesterton from an American and a British perspective.

Moderated by Nanovic Faculty Fellow Rev. James M. Lies, C.S.C., Senior Director for Academic Initiatives & Partnerships for the Notre Dame London Global Gateway.


5:15PM (GMT) / 12:15PM (ET)

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About Dale Ahlquist

Dale Ahlquist is President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, creator and host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert Magazine. The author of five books, editor of twelve, Dale has been called “probably the greatest living authority on the life and work of G.K. Chesterton.” 

An internationally renowned speaker, Dale has given more than 700 lectures at universities, conferences, and other institutions, including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Notre Dame, Oxford, the Vatican Forum in Rome, and the House of Lords in London.

He is also the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a classical high school in Hopkins, Minnesota, which is the flagship of the Chesterton Schools Network, which now includes 35 high schools in the U.S., Canada, Italy, and Iraq. In 2020, he received a Presidential appointment to serve on the National Board of Education Sciences.


Originally published at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway.