One of the most respected G.K. Chesterton scholars in the world, Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society, creator and host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert. He has made Chesterton once again a recognized and revered 20th century Catholic literary figure.
Dale is the author of three books on Chesterton including The Complete Thinker. In his first bestseller, The Apostle of Common Sense, Dale takes the reader through 12 of Chesterton’s most important works as well as the famous Father Brown detective series. In his book, Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, Ahlquist takes a thematic approach, presenting a Chestertonian perspective of such topics as wonder, paradox, art, education, history, science, fashion, faith, love, and marriage. In his recently published book, The Complete Thinker, Dale looks to the wisdom of Chesterton to explain why modern man has lost his ability to think clearly.
An internationally sought-after speaker, Dale has given more than 400 lectures at major colleges and universities and other venues, including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Notre Dame, Oxford, Cal-Berkeley, Cal-Tech, Rice, Penn, Dartmouth, San Pablo (Madrid), the Vatican Forum in Rome, and the House of Lords in London. He is a Senior Fellow of the Chesterton Library at Oxford University.
Dale is the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a new high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that is centered on Chesterton’s ideas of integrated learning. He is also the executive producer of Manalive, the first feature film based on a novel by G.K. Chesterton. He received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and M.A. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dale and his wife Laura have six children and live in Minneapolis.
Dale Ahlquist is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on Chesterton’s impressive and prophetic insight, wit and wisdom, and role in the New Evangelization.