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Ken and Jean Hansen Lectureship

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A Series of Lectures on the Wade Authors Presented Annually by Wheaton College Faculty

The Ken and Jean Hansen Lectureship is an annual faculty lecture series named in honor of former Wheaton College Trustee Ken Hansen and his wife Jean, and endowed in their memory by Walter and Darlene Hansen. This series features three lectures per academic year by a Wheaton College faculty member on one or more of the Wade Center authors.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Wade Center at 630.752.5908 or


Richard Gibson

2024: Richard Hughes Gibson

Dr. Richard Hughes Gibson, Professor of English, Wheaton College. 2024 lecture series titled: "The Way of Dante: Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, and C.S. Lewis Journey through The Divine Comedy."

Jeffrey Barbeau

2023: Jeffrey Barbeau

Dr. Jeffrey Barbeau, Professor of Theology, Wheaton College. 2023 lecture series titled: "C.S. Lewis and the Romantic Imagination."

Mark A. Noll

2022: Mark A. Noll

Dr. Mark A. Noll, McManis Professor of Christian Thought Emeritus, Wheaton College. 2022 lecture series titled: "C.S. Lewis in America: Lessons for Today from the Early American Reception of C.S. Lewis’s Books."

Kristen Page

2020-2021: Kristen Page

Dr. Kristen Page, the Ruth Kraft Strohschein Distinguished Chair & Professor of Biology at Wheaton College. 2020-2021 lecture series titled: "Creation’s Call: Stewardship Lessons from Middle-earth and Narnia."

Matthew Milliner

2019-2020: Matthew Milliner

Dr. Matthew Milliner, Associate Professor of Art History at Wheaton College. 2019-2020 lecture series titled: "Turtle Island Renaissance."

Jerry Root

2018-2019: Jerry Root

Dr. Jerry Root, Associate Professor; Director of Wheaton Evangelism Initiative, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, Wheaton College. 2018-2019 lecture series titled: "C.S. Lewis's Dymer: A Splendour in the Dark."

Christine Colon

2017-2018: Christine Colon

Dr. Christine Colón, Associate Professor of English, Wheaton College. 2017-2018 lecture series titled: "Community or Chaos?: Searching for Clues in the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers."

Tim Larsen

2016-2017: Timothy Larsen

Dr. Timothy Larsen, Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College. 2016-2017 lecture series titled: "The Rose Fire: George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles."

Philip Ryken

2015-2016: Philip G. Ryken

Dr. Philip G. Ryken, President of Wheaton College. 2015-2016 lecture series titled: "The Messiah Comes to Middle-earth: Images of Christ’s Threefold Office in The Lord of the Rings."

The Everlasting PeopleHansen Lectureship Featured Book

This fifth volume in the Hansen Lecture Series, The Everlasting People: G.K. Chesterton and the First Nations by Matthew Milliner, is available from the Wade Center for purchase (contact the Wade for details).