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Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College

Marion E. Wade Center

A living literary center of scholarly, artistic,
and ongoing spiritual renewal

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The Marion E. Wade Center promotes cultural engagement and spiritual formation by offering a collection of resources available nowhere else in the world. We emphasize the ongoing relevance of seven British Christian authors who provide a distinctive blend of intellect, imagination, and faith: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. The Wade Center implements these goals by 

  • Assisting scholars in their study of unique materials by and about these seven authors in order to generate new understandings;
  • Sharing insights with a broader audience through our numerous programs and publications;
  • Supporting artistic works inspired by our authors;
  • Welcoming visitors to our museum.

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Ballet 5:8 ballerinas

2019 Muriel Fuller Celebration of the Arts with Ballet 5:8

Two events on November 1, 2019: David Downing will discuss C.S. Lewis’s spiritual fantasy, The Great Divorce, followed by three of C.S. Lewis's watershed works brought to life by Ballet 5:8.

Matthew Milliner

2019-2020 Hansen Lectures with Matt Milliner

Matt Milliner, Associate Professor of Art History, will be presenting three lectures using insights from G.K. Chesterton as a guide to understanding the broad sweep of Native American art, especially in the Midwest as the 2019-2020 Hansen Lectureship series titled: "Turtle Island Renaissance."

Co-Directors of the Wade Center, Dr. Crystal Downing and Dr. David C. Downing

Where will the Downings be Speaking Next?

David and Crystal will be speaking at Hutchmoot 2019 in Franklin, TN, October 10-13, 2019. A complete listing of their Fall speaking engagements can be found here.

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