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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Past Events at Chesterton House

Healing Our Divided Nation with David Brooks, Propaganda & Kara Powell

Q Union Video Conference

Friday, Oct 27, 2017

7:00 pm

Uris Hall Auditorium - G01
Public Lecture

Register HERE.

Chesterton House is hosting a viewing of the Q Union conference of "Healing Our Divided Nation." Q Union brings the Q experience to universities around the nation by teaming up with campus leaders for a unique evening that combines nationally broadcasted talks with curated live presentations from our students.

David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the bestselling author of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement; Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There; and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. He has three children and lives in Maryland.

Jason Petty, also known as Propaganda, is a Los Angeles-based hip-hop and spoken word artist who aims to communicate in any creative form possible. He’s an intellectual, a poet, political activist, academic & emcee with degrees in illustration & intercultural studies in addition to songs that have landed on Billboard's Top Christian, Top Gospel, and Rap music charts. Growing up black in a mexican neighborhood and later a suburban all-white neighborhood, he is armed with a bold message of alliance and has assembled a body of work that both challenges & reaches across the spectrum of pop culture. Propaganda is an advocate for the value of human life and seeks to empower people through art and social justice.

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is an author of numerous books including Growing Young and Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World. Coinciding with her extensive research, focus groups, interviews and observations on the effects technology has on this generation, Kara has also done extensive work and analysis of how technology affects human relationships.

Homecoming Open House and BBQ

Come and join us!

Saturday, Oct 21, 2017

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

115 The Knoll - Chesterton House, the men's residence
Public Lecture

All welcome for fun, food & fellowship.

At Home in Creation: Wendell Berry's Vision for Life

Friday Conversation with Dr. Michael Stevens

Friday, Oct 20, 2017

5:00 pm

Ruth Woolsey Findley History of Art Gallery, G22 Goldwin Smith Hall
Discussion Group, Public Lecture

Dr. Michael Stevens believes Wendell Berry is a crucial voice for the world today, and more particularly, for Christians. His book, written with co-author Dr. Matthwe Bonzo, "Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life" evaluates Wendell Berry’s writings theologically, addressing themes congruent with contemporary theological concerns while acknowledging ways Berry’s vision can be adopted and lived. It’s no secret that Bonzo and Stevens find Berry to be a profound writer who provides the church with a new vision of life. While Berry’s writing is unlike traditional theological writing, the authors affirm Hauerwas’ statement at the end of the Gifford Lectures in “The Necessity of Witness” when he “offers John Paul II, John Howard Yoder, and Wendell Berry as crucial voices exhorting the church to a properly countercultural vision of life.” Though Berry seems like a “surprising inclusion” in this list, Bonzo and Stevens argue it is because Berry “represents the fullest embodiment of telling ‘the Story’ through stories…Berry’s work is precisely the sort of ‘renarration’ that can bring healing and make visible the call to ‘practice resurrection’” (35).

Michael Stevens (Ph.D. in Literature, Institute of Philosophic Studies, University of Dallas) is an English professor at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has taught since 1997.  His original graduate work on T.S. Eliot's socio-political ideas led him on a circuitous route to the fiction, poetry, and essays of the Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry, about whom he and colleague Matt Bonzo wrote Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life for Brazos Press in 2008.  He has also published articles and chapters on Berry's critique of higher education, his pacifism, and his fictional universe.  A native of Harford, in rural Cortland County, New York, Stevens attended high school in Dryden and often visited his grandparents on Ellis Hollow Road in Ithaca.  After college, he even worked a brief but eventful stint at Cornell University Catering!  He and his wife Linda (a native of Long Island) have raised their three kids in Michigan, amidst maple trees and apple orchards that betoken the strong link to New York State of Michigan's early settlers (yes, there is an Ithaca, Michigan, and a Dryden, etc.).  Ethan (20), Julia (17), and Gabe (15) are still waiting for Dad to take them to the Moosewood Restaurant on one of these Grandma visits.

 

Wendell Berry's Ecological Vision

Dr. Michael Stevens, author of "Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life"

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

7:00 pm

Big Red Barn
Partner Event, Public Lecture

Dr. Michael Stevens believes Wendell Berry is a crucial voice for the world today, and more particularly, for Christians. His book, written with co-author Dr. Matthew Bonzo, "Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life" evaluates Wendell Berry’s writings theologically, addressing themes congruent with contemporary theological concerns while acknowledging ways Berry’s vision can be adopted and lived. It’s no secret that Bonzo and Stevens find Berry to be a profound writer who provides the church with a new vision of life. While Berry’s writing is unlike traditional theological writing, the authors affirm Hauerwas’ statement at the end of the Gifford Lectures in “The Necessity of Witness” when he “offers John Paul II, John Howard Yoder, and Wendell Berry as crucial voices exhorting the church to a properly countercultural vision of life.” Though Berry seems like a “surprising inclusion” in this list, Bonzo and Stevens argue it is because Berry “represents the fullest embodiment of telling ‘the Story’ through stories…Berry’s work is precisely the sort of ‘renarration’ that can bring healing and make visible the call to ‘practice resurrection’” (35).

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Au Sable Fellows & Graduate Christian Fellowship.

Free pizza will be provided!


Michael Stevens (Ph.D. in Literature, Institute of Philosophic Studies, University of Dallas) is an English professor at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has taught since 1997.  His original graduate work on T.S. Eliot's socio-political ideas led him on a circuitous route to the fiction, poetry, and essays of the Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry, about whom he and colleague Matt Bonzo wrote Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life for Brazos Press in 2008.  He has also published articles and chapters on Berry's critique of higher education, his pacifism, and his fictional universe.  A native of Harford, in rural Cortland County, New York, Stevens attended high school in Dryden and often visited his grandparents on Ellis Hollow Road in Ithaca.  After college, he even worked a brief but eventful stint at Cornell University Catering!  He and his wife Linda (a native of Long Island) have raised their three kids in Michigan, amidst maple trees and apple orchards that betoken the strong link to New York State of Michigan's early settlers (yes, there is an Ithaca, Michigan, and a Dryden, etc.).  Ethan (20), Julia (17), and Gabe (15) are still waiting for Dad to take them to the Moosewood Restaurant on one of these Grandma visits.

 

 

 

Life in Christ, Life in the Lab

Dr. Marisa Cristina March

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

7:00 pm

120 Physical Science Building
Public Lecture

Dr. Marisa Cristina March is a cosmologist who specializes in dark energy science research, a field that seeks to understand the acceleration of the Universe.  Dr. March is a member of the ground based Dark Energy Survey where she works on supernova cosmology and observes at CTIO’s Blanco Telescope.  Dr. March has worked on galaxy lensing for European Space Agency’s future Euclid space mission, she was a Post Doctoral Research Assistant at Penn’s David Rittenhouse Laboratory and prior to that a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. Dr. March studied theoretical physics at Imperial College London, where she also carried out her doctoral research on advanced statistical methods for astrophysical probes of cosmology; she also holds a Bachelors degree in Catholic Theology from Heythrop College London.

This lecture is a St. Albert The Great Forum hosted by the Cornell Catholic Community.

"Alleged" Film Screening & Discussion

Join the film's screenwriter - Fred Foote '82 for this event

Sunday, Oct 15, 2017

2:00 pm

Chesterton House, 115 The Knoll
Movie Night, Public Lecture

Fred is a cum laude graduate of Cornell University (1982) and a graduate of Harvard Law School (1987). Since 1989 Fred has been involved with the First National Bank of America and its holding company (collectively, “First National”). He has been involved in First National’s purchase of tax liens, seller-carryback notes, loan portfolios, and the origination of both conforming and non-conforming residential loans. In 2002 Fred was recognized as one of the country’s 10 leaders in the private mortgage (seller-carryback) industry.

Fred is also the principal screenwriter of a feature film set against the backdrop of the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial (1925) entitled Alleged. This movie is a romantic drama that focuses on a young reporter in Dayton who finds himself increasingly caught in a web of lies involving the trial, his home town, the media (especially H.L. Mencken), and eugenics.

On the Edge of the Kingdom: Faith, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship

Friday Conversation with James Noronha ‘09

Friday, Oct 13, 2017

5:00 pm

Chesterton House, 115 The Knoll
Discussion Group, Public Lecture

James Noronha (B.S. Engineering '09) was a member of Fellowship of
Christian Athletes and Naval ROTC at Cornell. He went into the Marines
after graduation, deploying to the Pacific and the Afghan War. After
leaving the military he spent a year in Jordan dedicated to missions and
learning Arabic language and culture. He helped start a gym there as part
of a team using the camaraderie of athletics to build connections to share
the gospel. James currently works at Turbocam, an international engineering
company dedicated to honoring God through their work and supporting
Christian service around the world. He manages a division, leads intern
development, and is exploring new locations to start manufacturing. He
volunteers at Athletes Intervarsity at the University of New Hampshire,
where he enjoys sharing his excitement in what God calls us to, and
equipping students to use their skills in athletics and business in God's
kingdom.

Race & Rhetoric

Claritas Conversation with Michael Chen

Friday, Sep 22, 2017

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Willard Straight Hall Room 411 (Music Room)
Public Lecture

Rev. Michael S. Chen serves the CCO as Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry, and he spent his formative growing-up years on the icy tundra of Minnesota in a majority Swedish and Lutheran culture, where he learned to inhabit a “ScandanAsian” identity. Voted “most likely to be beamed up by aliens” in high school, he was an eccentric fellow who was getting all A’s but realized that he was flunking life. The mystery and beauty of a more compelling figure than himself set him on a new path. Recruited to play ice hockey at Dartmouth College, he discovered a passion for ministry, earned a degree in sociology, and attended Princeton Seminary for his Master of Divinity.

Loving Your Neighbor Through the Itty-Bitty Things We Do Everyday

Evening Lecture with Kyle David Bennett

Friday, Sep 15, 2017

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Africana Studies Center & Research Center, 310 Triphammer Rd, Cornell University
Public Lecture
Spiritual disciplines are often viewed “vertically,” as means to draw us closer to God. While they do deepen and enrich our relationship with God, in this lecture, Kyle plans to highlight and tease out another dimension to their practice: the “horizontal” ordering of life together with our neighbor. Rather than merely being ways to connect with God, these practices correct and discipline the selfish and harmful ways we do itty-bitty things everyday, such as think, eat, talk, own, work, and rest. And rather than being a bunch of separable activities from which we can pick and choose, when “seen from the side,” these disciplines are actually a sacrificial way of living that reforms our day-to-day lives and renews the world around us. In short, they are acts of love toward our neighbor. Bennett will conclude by discussing how these disciplines can be incorporated into the rhythm and teaching of the local church.
 
Kyle David Bennett is assistant professor of philosophy at Caldwell University and program director of the Spirituality and Leadership Institute.
 
Kyle did his Ph.D. at Fuller Seminary with Rich Mouw & Jamie Smith (Calvin College) and wrote his dissertation on fasting. He studied existentialism and phenomenology with an eye to society and culture but is now writing on citizenship, social virtues, and healthy interpersonal interaction in North American democratic society. Kyle taught theology, philosophy, and ethics at Azusa Pacific UniversityProvidence Christian College, and The Kings College. He also had a stint as the Reviews Editor over at Comment Magazine.
 
Kyle's first book Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World was recently released from Brazos Press in August, 2017 (#practicesoflove). His next project looks at the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and our need for healing gestures and expressions in North American democratic discourse. It's tentatively titled "Practices of Hope: Fruits of the Spirit for the Healing of Culture."
 
LIMITED parking is available at the Africana Center and carpooling is encouraged. There is parking at Robert Purcell and A lot and each is about a 5 minute walk. 
 
Sponsored with New Life Presbyterian Church and NYS Presbytery (PCA)

The Renewing of Your Mind

Claritas Conversation with Dr. Kyle David Bennett

Friday, Sep 15, 2017

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Willard Straight Hall (WSH) Art Gallery
Public Lecture

Spiritual disciplines are often viewed primarily as a means to draw us closer to God. While these practices do deepen and enrich our "vertical" relationship with God, Kyle David Bennett argues that they were originally designed to positively impact our "horizontal" relationships--with neighbors, strangers, enemies, friends, family, animals, and even the earth. Bennett explains that this "horizontal" dimension has often been overlooked or forgotten in contemporary discussions of the spiritual disciplines.

Kyle David Bennett is assistant professor of philosophy at Caldwell University and program director of the Spirituality and Leadership Institute

Kyle did his Ph.D. at Fuller Seminary with Rich Mouw & Jamie Smith (Calvin College) and wrote his dissertation on fasting. He studied existentialism and phenomenology with an eye to society and culture but is now writing on citizenship, social virtues, and healthy interpersonal interaction in North American democratic society. Kyle taught theology, philosophy, and ethics at Azusa Pacific UniversityProvidence Christian College, and The Kings College. He also had a stint as the Reviews Editor over at Comment Magazine

Kyle's first book Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World is recently released from Brazos Press in August, 2017 (#practicesoflove). His next project looks at the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and our need for healing gestures and expressions in North American democratic discourse. It's tentatively titled "Practices of Hope: Fruits of the Spirit for the Healing of Culture." 

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