The 2018 Touchstone Conference

Thursday, October 11–Saturday, October 13

Trinity International University, Deerfield IL


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speakers

Rachel Fulton Brown

Rachel Fulton Brown is Associate Professor of History at The University of Chicago. Research and teaching specialties include: History of Christianity; Medieval European Cultural, Religious, and Intellectual History; Liturgy and Prayer; Devotion to the Virgin Mary; Scriptural Exegesis and Hermeneutics; Subcreation and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

J. Budziszewski

J. Budziszewski is a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin, where he also teaches courses in the law school and the religious studies department. He specializes in political philosophy, ethical philosophy, legal philosophy, and the interaction of religion with philosophy. Among his research interests are classical natural law, virtue ethics, conscience and moral self deception, the institution of the family in relation to political and social order, religion in public life, and the problem of toleration. His books include What We Can't Not Know: A Guide (2d ed. Ignatius, 2011), On the Meaning of Sex (Intercollegiate Studies Institute Press, 2012), and Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Virtue Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Allan C. Carlson

Touchstone senior editor Allan C. Carlson earned his PhD. in Modern European History from Ohio University. He is the President emeritus and founder of the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society in Rockford IL, where he continues to serve as editor of The Family in America. He was also a visiting professor of history at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Dr. Carlson has written extensively on issues of family and society. Among his most recent publications are: Godly Seed: American Evangelicals Confront Birth Control 1873-1973 (Transaction Publishers); Conjugal America: On the Public Purpose of Marriage (Transaction Publishers); and Third Ways: How Bulgarian Greens, Swedish Housewives, and Beer Swelling Englishmen Created Family-Centered Economies—And Why They Disappeared (ISI).

Anthony Esolen

Touchstone senior editor Anthony Esolen teaches English at Thomas More College in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and is the author of many books, including Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity (St. Benedict Press), Life Under Compulsion (ISI Books), Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (Tan, with a CD), and Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (Regnery). He has also translated Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House).

Steven Faulkner

Steven Faulkner teaches creative writing at Longwood University in southern Virginia. He is the author of Waterwalk: A Passage of Ghosts (2007) and Bitterroot: Echoes of Beauty and Loss (2016). Both books are memoirs of father-son journeys that followed the paths of missionary priests: Marquette (in Waterwalk) and De Smet (in Bitterroot).

Robert P. George

Touchstone senior editor Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is also frequently a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, where he has taught civil liberties and philosophy of law, among other subjects. He is author of The Clash of Orthodoxies (2002), and Conscience and Its Enemies (2013), and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life (2008) and What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (2012).

S. M. Hutchens

S. M. Hutchens received his Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He served as a reference librarian for twenty years, retiring in 2015 to become Touchstone's book review editor. He has been the chairman of the board of The Fellowship of St. James and is a senior editor of Touchstone, in which most of his writing appears. He has also published essays and reviews in The New Oxford Review, The Congregationalist, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, The Religion and Society Report, The Evangelical Catholic, Sursum Corda, Books and Culture, and The New Atlantis. He and his wife Mary live near Racine, Wisconsin, and have two daughters.

Hans Jacobse

Hans Jacobse has been a priest for twenty years. He has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, an M.Div. from St. Vladimir's Seminary, studied the Greek language at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and is a fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He is married and has one daughter. His editorials and essays have been published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Duluth News Tribune, International Herald Tribune, Hellenic Voice, Breakpoint website, Front Page Magazine website, Institute for Religion and Democracy website, Discover website, and more. His podcasts can be heard on Ancient Faith Radio.

Patrick McCaskey

Patrick McCaskey is a Chicago Bears board member and the Bears' Vice President of Special Projects. He has been working for the Bears since 1974. He is Chairman of Sports Faith International, a non-profit a Chicago-based initiative dedicated to inspiring and transforming our culture through the world of sports. He is the author of five books: Bear with Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout, Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships, Sports and Faith: More Stories of the Devoted and the Devout and Pilgrimage: A Sports & Faith Series Book.

Nancy Pearcey

Nancy R. Pearcey was one of the hippies who stumbled across Francis Schaeffer's ministry L'Abri in Switzerland in the early 1970s and was surprised to discover that there are actually good reasons and arguments supporting Christianity. She gave up her agnosticism and ever since has been writing about Christianity as a worldview that applies to every area of life. Pearcey is best known for her book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity, which was a 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner. She co-authored Now Shall We Live? (with Harold Fickett and Chuck Colson), which was a 2000 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner. Her latest book is Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality.

Leon J. Podles

Dr. Leon J. Podles holds a Ph.D. in Old English and Old Icelandic from the University of Virginia. Some of his recent publications include The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity (Spence) and Sacrilege, an in-depth look at sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. His latest book is Meek or Macho: Men and Religion from St. Augustine's Press. His work has appeared in numerous publications including America, The American Spectator, and Crisis. After serving as a federal investigator for 20 years, Dr. Podles founded the Crossland Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing Christian culture through education. He is involved in his own community by serving on the boards of the Baltimore Area Council of Scouts and the Baltimore Opera Company. He and his wife Mary are the parents of six children. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland, and Naples, Florida.

Patrick Henry Reardon

Touchstone senior editor Patrick Henry Reardon, archpriest of All Saints' Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, studied at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared over the past four decades in many publications, including Touchstone, of which he is a senior editor. He has also written many books, including Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, commentaries on Genesis, Job, Chronicles, and the Wisdom of Solomon, and the first volume in a trilogy, Reclaiming the Atonement: The Incarnation. Father Patrick lives in Chicago with his wife Denise.

Glenn Stanton

Glenn T. Stanton is the director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family. He debates and lectures extensively on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage and parenting at universities and churches around the world. Stanton also served the George W. Bush administration for many years as a consultant on increasing fatherhood involvement in the Head Start program. Stanton is the author of eight books on marriage and families and a regular columnist for various blogs. His latest book, Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth, explores how Christians should interact with gay or lesbian neighbors in a Christ-honoring way.

C. R. Wiley

C. R. Wiley has written for Touchstone , Modern Reformation, Sacred Architecture, The Imaginative Conservative, Front Porch Republic, Scenes Media, Kuyperian Commentary, National Review Online, and First Things, among others. His most recent book, Man of the House: A Handbook for Building a Shelter That Will Last in a World That is Falling Apart is published by Wipf and Stock. His short fiction has appeared in The Mythic Circle (published by the Mythopoeic Society) and elsewhere, and the first book in his young adult fantasy series was republished by Canon Press in December of 2017. He is a member of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters.

location

2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
tiu.edu

registration rates

Full Conference Rate
Price includes all sessions + 2 meals (Friday lunch and dinner) and 3 snacks.
Conference begins Thursday, Oct. 11th at 7 p.m. and ends Saturday, Oct. 13th at 11:45 a.m.

Super Early Bird
(by June 30th)
Early Bird
(by Sept. 1st)
Full Price
Individual $179 ea. $199 ea. $249 ea.
Married Couples $299 for pair $349 for pair $449 for pair
Student $99 ea. $99 ea. $99 ea.
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• Scholarships available. Email editor@touchstonemag.com for more info.
• Cancellations before September 15th incur a $15 processing fee.
• Refunds up to 30 days before event.

lodging

RECOMMENDED
Adjacent to Trinity—walking distance


LaQuinta Inn & Suites
Special rates available*
2000 Lakeside Dr.
Bannockburn, IL 60015-1237
847-317-7300 • website
*Book by Sept. 20; Mention Touchstone

MORE HOTELS NEARBY

Marriott Courtyard Lincolnshire
505 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire
847-634-9555
2.68 miles from Trinity


Homewood Suites
10 Westminster Way, Lincolnshire
847-945-9300
0.6 miles from Trinity


Hampton Inn & Suites Lincolnshire
1400 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire
847-478-1400
3.96 miles from Trinity

stay informed

past touchstone articles on fatherhood

30.2—March/April 2017

Keep Them from Idols

The Education of Children Takes Generations of Fidelity by W. Ross Blackburn

22.2—March 2009

The Good Father

on the Manly Character of St. Joseph by Joseph R. Fornieri

14.1—January/February 2001

The Christian Heart of Fatherhood

The Place of Marriage, Authority & Service in the Recovery of Fatherhood by John M. Haas

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