Nationally Syndicated Columnist Maggie Gallagher to Speak at Chesterton Academy Commencement, Cultura Vitae Lecture


 Co-founder of National Organization for Marriage, Maggie Gallagher, to Deliver Keynote Speeches at Upcoming Chesterton Academy Events

Leading Voice in the Marriage Movement Featured Speaker at School’s Commencement Exercises and Culture of Life Lecture

Maggie Gallagher

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minnesota (May 7, 2012) Chesterton Academy, a private, classical high school, announced today that nationally syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher will speak at two of the school’s upcoming events.

Gallagher will deliver the commencement address at Chesterton Academy’s second annual commencement exercises on Friday, June 1st at Church of the Holy Family in St. Louis Park at 6:30 p.m. She will also be the keynote speaker at the school’s 4th Annual Cultura Vitae Lecture, to take place on Saturday, June 2nd at 10:30 AM at Church of the Holy Childhood in St. Paul, MN. Gallagher will talk on defending marriage, a topic of interest as voters of Minnesota consider the proposed Marriage Amendment approaching in November 2012. Both events are free and open to the public. Event details are available at

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Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of three books on marriage including The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially with University of Chicago Prof. Linda Waite. Her forthcoming book, Debating Same-Sex Marriage (co-authored with Prof. John Corvino), will be published by Oxford University Press.

Gallagher is a co-founder and immediate past chairman of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). She has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, National Review and other media. She has been a syndicated columnist for fifteen years. Her academic essays have appeared in the Ave Maria Law Journal, the Notre Dame Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Northwestern Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Louisiana Law Journal, and elsewhere. She appears frequently on national media, including EWTN, ABC's Nightline, CNN, Fox News, and NPR. She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and family.

About Chesterton Academy and the Cultura Vitae Lecture The result of a grass-roots movement of parents, Chesterton Academy is a pro-family, independent high school offering an integrated, college preparatory curriculum centered on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Focusing on the classics, the school develops complete thinkers who learn to draw on faith and reason for the purpose of building a culture of life.

The Cultura Vitae Lecture Series was established during Chesterton Academy’s inaugural academic year as an effort of the school to educate the greater community and to build what Pope John Paul II called “the culture of life.” The series is dedicated to bringing scholars and accomplished individuals to speak on a variety of issues that directly affect the protection of the human person, the family, and the building up of the common good. For more information on our past Cultura Vitae Lectures, visit