Chesterton Institute Online Lecture: “Collecting Chesterton: A Conversation with a Connoisseur”
Southern Orange, 10 October 2021 – The GK Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture at Seton Hall University is pleased to announce an online conference entitled “Collecting Chesterton: A Conversation with a Geek”. A conversation with Chesterton bibliographer Dr Geir Hasnes and The Chesterton Review editor Dr Dermot Quinn. Moderated by Ms. Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, Director, GK Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture. The event will be broadcast online at Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (New York Time) – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Europe) via TEAMS.
About the event
Sincere love of books has nothing to do with intelligence or stupidity any more than any other sincere love, “said GK Chesterton.” It is a quality of character, a freshness, a power of pleasure. , a power of faith. “Books exist. First and foremost to read, of course, but they can also be savored as things in themselves, full of history, personality and original beauty. As once said. American author and journalist Vincent Starrett, “Collecting books is one way to collect happiness.” There are few places happier than a private library.
Norwegian scientist Geir Hasnes would agree. Over many years as a bibliographer he gained unparalleled knowledge of Chesterton’s enormous output, tracking down dates and places of publication with the zeal of a brilliant private investigator. In the process, he also assembled one of the largest collections of Chestertoniana in the world today.
In this online conversation with Dr Dermot Quinn, Editor-in-Chief of The Chesterton Review, Mr Hasnes will discuss the challenges and joys of his work as a bibliographer and show some items from his extraordinary collection. We invite you to join us for this conversation.
About the speakers
Geir Hasnes is Assistant Professor of Cyber Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Mr. Hasnes has worked on a comprehensive bibliography of GK Chesterton for which he received the Chesterton Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Chesterton Society in 2006. He lives in Konsberg, Norway.
Dermot Quinn, D. Phil. is Professor of History at Seton Hall University and Editor-in-Chief of The Chesterton Review. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin and New College Oxford, where he obtained a doctorate in 1986. He has written extensively on Chestertonian themes, is the author of three books The Irish in New Jersey: Four Centuries of American Life (Rutgers University Press, 2004) (winner, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, Non-Fiction Book of the Year, 2005); Patronage and Piety: The Politics of English Roman Catholicism, 1850-1900 (Stanford University Press / Macmillan, 1993) and Understanding Northern Ireland (Baseline Books, Manchester, United Kingdom, 1993 and numerous articles and reviews in the field of British and Irish history.
About the Sponsors
The GK Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture is located at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ Founded in 1974 by Father Ian Boyd, CSB, its purpose is to promote the thinking of GK Chesterton and his entourage and more widely, explore the application of Chestertonian ideas in the contemporary world. The work of the Institute consists of lectures, lecture series, research and writings. The Chesterton Review, founded in 1974, has received wide acclaim both for its scholarship and for the quality of its writing. The journal was founded by Father Ian Boyd, CSB, and is edited by Dr Dermot Quinn, includes a wide range of articles not only on Chesterton himself, but on issues close to his heart in the work of ‘other writers and in the modern world. He has devoted special issues to CS Lewis, George Bernanos, Hilaire Belloc, Maurice Baring, Christopher Dawson, Cardinal Manning, The Modernist Crisis, JRR Tolkien, Fantasy Literature and a Polish special issue. The Chesterton Review also publishes an annual issue in Spanish and an annual supplement in Portuguese and French. For more information about the Institute or The Chesterton Review, please contact [email protected] – website: www.shu.edu/go/chesterton