October 20, 2014

The Artist and the Architect: G.K. Chesterton & Christopher Dawson – Karl Schmude

by Tom Gourlay

The Dawson Society was delighted to host Mr Karl Schmude as the presenter at our sixth Speakers Forum for 2014.


Speaking on the thought on and work of two giants of 20th century Catholic, the great Gilbert Kieth Chesterton and  the namesake of our organisation, Christopher Dawson, Schmude drew out the complimentary extant in their respective works and highlighted significant points of difference, not only in their physical stature, but also in their writing.

Schmude has combined a long career in university libraries with freelance writing and speaking, both in Australia and overseas.  He served for 16 years as University Librarian at the University of New England in Armidale NSW.    In 2000, he began working full-time on establishing Campion College Australia,  the private Liberal Arts college of Catholic inspiration which opened in Sydney in 2006.

He has published extensively on subjects associated with religion and culture – particularly literature, history, and education.  His feature articles and book reviews have appeared in national newspapers and journals as well as international periodicals in the USA, England, South America and New Zealand.

He is President of the Australian Chesterton Society, which has held several major conferences at Campion College.


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