October we have Christopher Check of the Rockford Institute who will speak on "Lepanto: The Battle and the Poem." Mr. Check is the Executive Vice President of the Rockford Institute, holds a B.A. in English literature from Rice University and is a former Marine Corps field artillery officer.
Founded in 1976, The Rockford Institute stands alone among "think tanks" as the authentic voice of the American Heartland. The Institute, informed by the distinctive accents of the Midwest, the South, and the West, defines and shapes national and international debates. We believe that a society in turmoil cannot be saved through mere legislation. Our efforts are devoted not to ephemeral political fashions but to the defense of the fundamental institutions of our civilization. In the broadest sense, we strive to contribute to the renewal of Christendom in this time and place through:
The defense of the family; The promotion of liberty; The decentralization of political and economic life; The celebration of the literary and artistic inheritance of our civilization; The adherence to Truth, revealed through Scripture and tradition.
The scholars of The Rockford Institute, with their understanding of human history, classical civilizations, and the literature and philosophy of Christendom, concentrate attention on the fundamental experiences of American life-Religion, Family, Education, Culture. In this manner, The Rockford Institute prefers to shape attitudes and opinions rather than to react to events, making history rather than merely reacting to it.
The Rockford Institute is consistently credited by major media outlets-the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, GQ, the New Republic, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and the National Journal (to name just a few)-with setting the terms of the national debate. Articles and opinions by Institute staff have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Sunday Telegraph (London), the Spectator (London), the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit News, and many other newspapers and periodicals around the globe. Institute staff have appeared on PBS, the BBC, CBS Nightly News, NBC News, the Today Show, ABC's World News Tonight and Nightline, CNN, C-SPAN, CBN's 700 Club, National Public Radio, Chicago Tonight, and numerous local and regional television and radio programs.
Join us at the Chicago Athletic Club (12 S. Michigan Ave.) for the best sermon/salmon combo in Chicago! $25 for a full course lunch, and fully Catholic forum. For reservations, call 708 352 5834 the Weds. before the lunch please. The public is welcome.
CCI monthly luncheons are at noon on the second Friday of every month in downtown Chicago at the Chicago Athletic Assoc, 12 S. Michigan Ave.
Past CCI speakers are Bishop Sean O'Malley (now Archbishop of Boston), Helen Hull Hitchcock, Prof. James Hitchcock, Mother Assumpta Long, author Michael Rose, Prof. Ralph McInerny, Rev. Joseph Fessio, SJ, Rev. Tony Brankin, Rev. Anthony Bus, Rev. Burns Sealy, Rev. Frank Phillips, Atty. David Shippers, Phyllis Schlafley, Chestertonian Dale Ahlquist, Pro-life activitist Joe Scheidler, and Starboard radio network founder Mark Follett. Lunch is served at noon, and we're done by 1:30PM.
Visitors are encouraged to park at Grant Park's north garage, just across the CAA, which is just south of the corner of Madison and Michigan Aves.