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Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College
Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College
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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Crystal Downing

Inaugural Wade Chair Lecture by Dr. Crystal Downing

Dr. Crystal Downing, co-holder of the Marion E. Wade Chair of Christian Thought and co-director of the Marion E. Wade Center, presented her inaugural lecture, “The Wages of Cinema: Dorothy L. Sayer’s Spiritual Montage,” on March 4, now available on the Wade Center's YouTube channel.

VII volume 35

VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center

Volume 35 of the Wade’s academic journal, VII, is now available in both print and digital formats. More information, including how to order, can be found on its new online home.

Jerry Root

2018-2019 Hansen Lecture Series

Dr. Jerry Root will present his final lecture in the series on C.S. Lewis's book of poetry, Dymer, on March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Bakke Auditorium. Learn more about the talks on our Hansen Lecture pages.


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