An Invitation from Carol Zaleski, Smith CollegeEdit

“Newman and Chesterton: Reflections of a Biographer,” a lecture by Fr. Ian Ker, will take place on Tuesday April 17, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., in the Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College.  Fr. Ker, a member of the Theology faculty at Oxford University, is the world’s leading authority on the life and thought of Blessed John Henry Newman, and has recently published a major new biography of the exuberant English Catholic essayist, novelist and critic G.K. Chesterton.  Fr. Ker will explore the connections between Newman and Chesterton, and share with us his reflections as a biographer of these two figures whose legacy continues to shape Catholic intellectual and spiritual life.  All are welcome to attend this public lecture.

 Announcing a course on Catholic thought at Smith College, Spring 2012 -- Religion 235, “The Catholic Philosophical Tradition,” focuses on major Catholic thinkers, including Augustine of Hippo, Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, Blaise Pascal, John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, Edith Stein, Elizabeth Anscombe, Karol Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II), and Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), considering their views on faith and reason, worship and the intellectual life, the dignity of the human person, and the nature of Catholicism itself. The class meets Tuesdays, Thursdays 1:00-2:20 p.m.  Interested students should contact Professor Carol Zaleski at