Event Details

Lecture Title                                                          Chesterton's Social and Economic Vision

   Erin Serracino Inglott Hall
   University of Malta
   Tuesday 27th May 2014
   18:00 – 20:00


Welcome Address                                  
    Prof. Peter Vassallo on behalf of the English Department of the University of Malta

    Dr. Klaus Vella Bardon
The Restoration of Freedom, Initiative, Property and the Free Family
    Fr. Ian Boyd

Chesterton and the Moral Economy
    Prof. Dermot Quinn
Q & A    
Closing Note
   Prof. Peter Vassallo


About the Topic

In the current climate of social and economic upheaval, the vision of G. K. Chesterton is a much needed antidote. 

Chesterton was a prolific writer and influential journalist who had over 5,000 of his articles published in the press. His passion for social and political reform was tempered by sound common sense.  As Fr. Boyd explains: - “Chesterton offers compelling answers to the cultural crisis of our time. That crisis takes different forms, all related: the separation of culture from faith, the privatization of religious belief, the impoverishment of the moral imagination, the assault on the dignity of the human person, the promotion of consumerist individualism and with it the destruction of authentic communities, most especially the family...”

This conference will be an opportunity to sensitise ourselves to Chesterton’s wisdom, so needed today. There will be a Q & A session at the end of the talks by Fr. Boyd and Prof. Quinn, giving the audience the opportunity to participate.

About John Micallef ("Roamer")

The forthcoming conference on G. K. Chesterton’s ‘Social and Economic Vision’ reminds us of the debt we owe to the late legendary columnist, John Micallef (alias Roamer). 

Roamer was an outstanding Chestertonian and was instrumental in realizing the first conference In Malta in 2012. Sadly, John Micallef died four months before the conference was held, an event he had looked forward to with so much keenness and enthusiasm. 

This conference is a tribute to John’s legacy.