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

Lewis & Sayers: A Feisty Friendship

Enjoy hearing from the Wade Center’s co-directors, Crystal and David Downing, as they share excerpts from personal letters between C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers.

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.

Joy Davidman, Andrew Barron Lecture

The Jewish Imagination of Joy Davidman

Dr. Andrew Barron, director of Jews for Jesus in Canada, will give a lecture based on his research into the life of Joy Davidman, wife of C.S. Lewis and Jewish Convert to Christianity. Join us on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. in Bakke Auditorium.

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