Chesterton and Woman:

Romance and Reality


Saturday, October 23, 2021
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Campion College, Toongabbie, Sydney


At a time of deepening cultural confusion over sex and gender and relationships between men and women, this year’s gathering – the 15th national conference of the Australian Chesterton Society – will focus on the theme of womanhood in the light of Chesterton’s clarifying insights.

The program will comprise a range of papers, three of which will be presented by graduates of Campion College who have followed various vocational pathways:

  • Siobhan Reeves, who has experience in international relations and now serves with the Prime Minister and Cabinet Department in Canberra, will address the topic of chivalry;
  • Angela Schumann, who has recently completed a PhD in literature at Monash University, will speak on Shakespeare’s heroines; and
  • Frances Cantrall will discuss the Culture Project, a young people’s movement which she founded in 2015 to offer senior high school students the messages of human dignity and sexual integrity as they begin to form serious relationships.

Two other papers will be delivered – one by Stephen McInerney, Academic Director of the Ramsay Centre and Senior Lecturer in Literature at Campion College, will explore the award-winning novel, Kristin Lavransdatter; and the other by the president of the Australian Chesterton Society and co-founder of Campion, Karl Schmude, who will speak on ‘The Fatherhood of Chesterton’.