Austin WalkerLumen Christi Institute
Madison ChastainLumen Christi Institute
Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute’s Newman Forum. Open to current high school students. This event was made possible by a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.
Austin Walker is Assistant Director of the Lumen Christi Institute, where he heads the Newman Forum for high school students. A native of Mandeville, Louisiana, Austin received a B.A. in Classical Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before spending four years teaching high school (English, Latin, Drama) in the Mississippi Delta. He moved to Chicago where he is finishing a Ph.D. on Saint John Henry Newman's Political Philosophy in the Committee on Social Thought. He taught religion for four years at St. Vincent Ferrer Middle School and currently teaches in the University of Chicago's Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults. At Lumen Christi, he directs the Newman Forum for high school students and assists with campus programming and development.
Madison Chastain is Program Coordinator of the Newman Forum, the Lumen Christi Institute's programming for high school students. Madison received a BA from Saint Mary's College of California, where she studied English as well as Theology and Religious Studies. After spending a year teaching religion to middle schoolers in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Lasallian Volunteer, Madison came to the University of Chicago Divinity School where she is finishing her MA. Her research focuses on Catholic disability theology and medical ethics.