The Christopher Dawson Society for the Study of Faith and Reason, founded by AHI Charter Fellow  Douglas Ambrose, will begin its second year of programming on Thursday evening, 25 September, by hosting Gerald Russello, one of this country’s leading authorities on Christopher Dawson (1889-1970).

Russello, a lawyer and editor of The University Bookman, received a B. A., magna cum laude, in 1992 from Georgetown University.   After receiving a J. D. in 1996 from the New York University School of Law, he  clerked for Justice Daniel J. O’Hern of the New Jersey Supreme Court and for the Hon. Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Russello has published Christianity and European Culture: Selections from the Works of Christopher Dawson(1998) and The Postmodern Imagination of Russell Kirk (2007).

Mr. Russello, after introducing the audience to  Dawson’s life and thought, will lead a discussion of Dawson’s famous essay  “America and the Secularization of Modern Culture,” republished in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 3 (Summer 2000): 11-34. The gathering will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the AHI’s headquarters, 21 West Park Row, in Clinton, New York, and is open to the public.

The Dawson Society seeks to investigate the relation between religious belief and intellectual inquiry within the Western intellectual tradition.  Named for Christopher Dawson (1889-1970), the distinguished British historian of culture and the first recipient of the Chauncey Stillman Chair of Roman Catholic Studies at Harvard University,the Society meets monthly at the AHI headquarters during the acdemic year to discuss texts that illuminate the ways in which persons of faith have sought to engage the intellectual world of the ancient, medieval, early modern, modern, and postmodern West.