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2nd Annual Shakespeare Celebration

April 23, 2016 @ 9:30 am3:30 pm

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The Center for Faith & Culture at Aquinas College presents the 2nd Annual Shakespeare Celebration, a full day of talks and performances, featuring Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce, Kevin O’Brien and Theater of the Word, Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk, and the drama clubs of St. Cecilia Academy and Father Ryan High School.

The center would like to congratulate Amy Nguyen of St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville as winner of the Shakespeare and Christianity High School Essay Contest for her essay “The Malevolent Morality of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.” Amy will read her paper at the celebration.

There is a suggested donation of $15 per person for those attending the event.

The Celebration is sponsored by the Creed and Culture Fund.


9:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 Aaron Urbanczyk: “Macbeth and Moral Horror: Imagining the Tragedy of Evil”
11:00 Saint Cecilia Academy: “Shakespeare’s Sonnets”
11:20 Break
11:30 Dale Ahlquist: “Shakespeare and Chesterton”
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Amy Nguyen, winner of the Shakespeare and Christianity Essay Contest, reads her essay “The Malevolent Morality of Shakespeare’s Macbeth”
1:30 Father Ryan High School: “The Comedy of Errors”
2:00 Saint Cecilia Academy: A Scene from Macbeth
2:20 Break
2:30 Joseph Pearce and the Theater of the Word, Inc.: “King Lear: Seeing the Comedy in the Tragedy”
3:30 Close
4:00 Travelers’ Mass

Speakers and Actors

Dale Ahlquist

Dale AhlquistDale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society and creator and host of EWTN’s Apostle of Common Sense. He has written three books on G.K. Chesterton: G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, and The Complete Thinker. Dale is also the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a new high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has been rated one of the “Top 50 Catholic Schools” in the nation by the Cardinal Newman Society.

Joseph Pearce

Joseph PearceA native of England, Joseph Pearce is writer in residence at Aquinas College in Nashville,Tennessee, and Director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture. He is editor of the Saint Austin Review, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, executive director of Catholic Courses, and an internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare,Tolkien: Man and Myth,The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S.Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts,Wisdom and Innocence:ALife of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc.

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O'BrienKevin O’Brien is the founder and artistic director of the Theater of the Word Incorporated, a Catholic theater company which tours the country evangelizing through drama. Kevin hosts the television series The Theater of the Word on EWTN and can also be seen on episodes of EWTN’s The Apostle of Common Sense, The Quest for Shakespeare, and The Journey Home. He is also a writer and frequent contributor to The Saint Austin Review and Gilbert Magazine. Kevin is the founder and general editor of the Christian Shakespeare website, www.christianshakespeare.com.

Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk

Aaron UrbanczykAaron Urbanczyk, Ph.D. currently serves as the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and Associate Professor of English at Aquinas College. His teaching and research interests include: contemporary Catholic fiction, philosophy of the human person, ethics, and the great books of Western civilization. His essays and reviews have appeared in Religion & the Arts, the St. Austin Review, The Intercollegiate Review, Papers on Language & Literature, Perspectives in Religious Studies, The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, The Catholic Thing, and the Ignatius Critical Editions of Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He, his wife, and their six children live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Shakespeare & Christianity Essay Contest

The Center for Faith and Culture also presents the second annual Shakespeare & Christianity Essay Contest for high school junior and seniors, the winner of which will be flown to Nashville to present at the Shakespeare Celebration. For more information, please visit the High School Essay Contests page.

Photos from the First Annual Shakespeare Celebration


April 23, 2016
9:30 am–3:30 pm
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Center for Faith & Culture
(615) 297-7545


St. Cecilia Academy Theater
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205 United States
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