Eaten Alive: What the Economic Crisis Has Done to Us

The Twin Cities Chesterton Society presents:

1st Annual Minnesota Chesterton Conference
Eaten Alive: What the Economic Crisis Has Done To Us (And What We Can Do About It)
Saturday, September 19,th 2009 St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Science Center Auditorium

In just a few short months we have seen unprecedented economic meltdown and business failure on a grand scale. Accompanying it has been gigantic government growth with bailouts that have resulted in the virtual takeover of certain industries. Thousands of people have lost homes and jobs, and the entire country, along with the world, is facing great economic uncertainty. Everyone is looking for answers. Among the many responses to the crisis has been an encyclical from Pope Benedict XVI, which has been both praised and condemned across the political spectrum. Lost in all the commotion is the fact that G.K. Chesterton saw all of this coming a long time ago. Like any true prophet, he did not just preach doom and destruction, he offered hope.The Twin Cities Chesterton Society is hosting a one-day conference and inviting everyone to come and consider the real problems that face us as well as the real solutions. Please join us on the beautiful campus of St. John’s University for the first annual Minnesota Chesterton Conference.

Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society, host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert Magazine. He has written two books on Chesterton and edited several others. He is the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a new independent high school in the Twin Cities, and the executive producer of Manalive, a film based on the novel by G.K. Chesterton.

Daniel Finn is Professor of Theology and the William E. and Virginia Clemens Professor of Economics and the Liberal Arts at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He is President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and a past-president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Association for Social Economics.

Robert Hanten is President of Solidarity Financial, Inc. and a registered representative with Workman Securities Corporation. He is a board member of The American Chesterton Society and the Minnesota Catholic Credit Union and Secretary of the Minneapolis Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and a General Agent with the Catholic Order of Foresters. He is also a Benedictine Oblate.

Dr. Arthur Hippler is Chairman of the Department of Theology and teaches religion in the Upper School at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minnesota. Since 2001, he has been Visiting Professor with the Institute for Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University. He is the author of Citizens of the Heavenly City: A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching, published by Borromeo Books.

John Medaille is an adjunct instructor of Theology at the University of Dallas, and a real estate agent in Irving, Texas. He has authored the book, The Vocation of Business. He is one of the country’s leading advocates for Distributism, and his very clear writings on the subject can be found on his website

Joseph Pearce is the author of biographies of Chesterton, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Oscar Wilde, Solzhenitsyn, and most recently The Quest for Shakespeare and Small is Still Beautiful: Economics as if Families Mattered. He is the co-editor of the St. Austin Review and is Writer-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.

8:00 AM Registration and coffee and rolls
9:00 AM Robert Hanten -- “Economic Plunder & Pillage: A Public-Private Venture”
10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM Professor Daniel Finn -- “Justice: What’s Government Got to Do with It?”
11:30 AM Lunch in the main dining room
1:00 PM Joseph Pearce -- “Size Matters: Government, Business and Power Envy”
2:00 PM Break
2:30 PM John Medaille -- “Justice: What’s Business Got to Do with It?”
4:00 PM Arthur Hippler -- “Caritas in Veritate: The Social Encyclical of Benedict XVI”
5:00 PM Reception at the Great Hall
7:00 PM Banquet at the Great Hall
8:00 PM Keynote Address by Dale Ahlquist--“The Restoration of Sanity”

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Unknown Monday, August 3, 2009 at 11:30:00 AM CDT;_ylt=AprwuBWvHYsktHL.oLQSs9JH2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTE3ODFrcDRnBHBvcwMxMARzZWMDTXdfVml0YWxpdHkEc2xrA2NvdWxkdGhlZ3JlYQ--


"For the first time in generations, people are challenging the view that a free-market order – the system that dominates the globe today – is the destiny of all nations. The free market's uncanny ability to enrich the elite, coupled with its inability to soften the sharp experiences of staggering poverty, has pushed inequality to the breaking point. "

"As a result, we live at an important historical juncture – one where alternatives to the world's neoliberal capitalism could emerge"

"But in opposition to the contemporary individualistic system of capitalism, evidence of a new global movement dedicated to social justice and human rights has sprung from the ashes of the past."

Peregrinus_PF Monday, August 3, 2009 at 5:24:00 PM CDT  

Wish I could go but that is too close to the implementation date of the CRM system where I work

Anonymous,  Monday, August 3, 2009 at 6:51:00 PM CDT  

I pray you will tape this and also broadcast it live over the internet - which can be done for free.

afitz211,  Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 9:37:00 AM CDT  

Yeah, this is the campus I attend graduate school at :). How do I register to attend this conference? This sounds like an extremely informative session. Thank you to anyone who can help.



Jan Baker Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 5:33:00 PM CDT  

Afitz, I'd call the main number of your university and ask who is the contact person for the conference (you'll need the date and location, as they are given). If that doesn't help--just show up at eight and register as the schedule indicates.

Chris Campbell Friday, August 21, 2009 at 12:23:00 PM CDT  

I have a 8mm I may use to record, just not sure how to transfer from it to computer-anyone know? send me a how-to :

also, may borrow a friends digital video camera..

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