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Media on C.S. Lewis

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Jim Beitler and book cover

Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church

September 10, 2019
Dr. Jim Beitler, associate professor of English at Wheaton College, seeks to renew interest in and hunger for an effective Christian rhetoric by closely considering the work of five beloved Christian communicators.

Aslan painting by Sally Brestin Hale

Artist Talk of “Aslan”

August 1, 2019
Artist Sally (Brestin) Hale tells the story and creative process behind her painting, "Aslan," that currently hangs in the Wade Center.

Joy Davidman, Andrew Barron Lecture

The Jewish Imagination of Joy Davidman

June 6, 2019
A lecture by Dr. Andrew Barron, director of Jews for Jesus in Canada. This presentation traces Jewish themes and thought throughout Joy Davidman’s life and work.

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

C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers: A Feisty Friendship

May 10, 2019
Drs. David and Crystal Downing, Wade Co-Directors, share excerpts from personal letters between Lewis and Sayers, and discuss the themes of giving and receiving Christian critique, and creativity.

Charles Huttar lecture: New Bodies in Narnia

New Bodies in Narnia and Elsewhere

April 3, 2019
Dr. Charles Huttar, emeritus professor of English at Hope College, shares from his work on C.S. Lewis and the mythography of metamorphosis.

Jerry Root

2018-2019 Hansen Lectures on C.S. Lewis

Dr. Jerry Root explores C.S. Lewis's Dymer in the lecture series titled: "C.S. Lewis’s Dymer: A Splendour in the Dark."

Other Past Events

Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Patti Callahan  Patti

December 6, 2018
Events with Author Patti Callahan
1) Novelists panel discussion, and 2) a lecture on the book Becoming Mrs. Lewis with New York Times bestselling author, Patti Callahan.

Alan Snyder K. Alan

October 18, 2018
"America Discovers C.S. Lewis"
Dr. K. Alan Snyder, author of the book America Discovers C.S. Lewis, shares the results of his research into C.S. Lewis’s reception in the United States and influence on Americans.



September 25-26, 2018
Muriel Fuller Endowment Inaugural Events
Dr. Malcolm Guite and Dr. Michael Ward discuss C.S. Lewis, Dante, and the creative arts in these 2 inaugural events for the Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts.

Stephanie Derrick Stephanie
September 17, 2018
"C.S. Lewis and 1940s Oxford"
Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick, an historian of religion in the modern era, considers some aspects about Lewis and the culture of Oxbridge from the 1920s through the 1950s that our collective memory has ceased to recall.
Mark Pike Mark Pike

July 12, 2018
"Narnian Virtues"
Dr. Pike looks at how parents, teachers and friends engaging with the Narnia novels, can help children practice virtues like forgiveness, wisdom, curiosity, justice, and courage. Professor Pike is the Principal Investigator of the Narnian Virtues project. He is Professor of Education at the University of Leeds and holds a PhD in English in Education.

Jerry Root Jerry Root

June 17-20, 2018
"Communicating the Gospel C.S. Lewis-Style"
The summer conference of the C.S. Lewis Institute featured 6 talks on Communicating the Gospel Convincingly, Conclusively, and Creatively. Jerry Root is Associate Professor and Director of Wheaton Evangelism Initiative, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, Wheaton College.

Andrew Barron Andrew

June 7, 2018
"C.S. Lewis and the Jewish Imagination"
Dr. Barron, Chief of Station at the Canadian branch of Jews for Jesus in Toronto, presents on how the works of C.S. Lewis have impacted his own journey and appeal to the Jewish imagination through theme and metaphor.

Joe Rigney Joe Rigney

May 16, 2018
"C.S. Lewis on the Christian Life"
Professor Rigney reveals the undercurrents of Lewis's insights that have shaped how his readers view spirituality, sin, and sanctification. The meeting point of reason and imagination is also explored.

Jon Eller Jonathan R.

April 9, 2018
"'That High Truth': Lewis, Williams, Chesterton, and Ray Bradbury"
Bradbury's mythopoeic tendencies and resistance to corrupting materialism are, perhaps, best studied by exploring his interest in the works of Lewis, Williams, and Chesterton. Lecture given by Jonathan R. Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.

Neglected C.S. Lewis logo Jerry Root
& Mark Neal

October 2017-April 2018: The Neglected C.S. Lewis
Jerry Root and Mark Neal present four lectures on C.S. Lewis’s lesser known works of literary criticism.
October 28, 2017 - An Experiment in Criticism and The Personal Heresy
January 23, 2018 - The Discarded Image and The Allegory of Love
April 19, 2018English Literature in the 16th Century and Selected Literary Essays

Andrew Lazo Andrew Lazo March 15, 2018
"C.S. Lewis and the Myth of Love"
Andrew Lazo shares from his research into the last novel of C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces, offering many clues to help in understanding both the overarching, and the underlying meaning and message of Lewis's life and work.
Ross Wilson Ross Wilson February 15, 2018
"An Evening with Artist Ross Wilson"
Ross Wilson, a sculptor from Northern Ireland who created the C.S. Lewis sculpture in Belfast, talks about his work as it relates to place and faith.
Quest for Meaning Panel  September 26, 2017
"Panel Discussion on the film: Tolkien & Lewis: Myth, Imagination, & the Quest for Meaning"
The film was shown at the Wade Center and followed by a panel discussion with Marjorie Lamp Mead, Rolland Hein, Jerry Root, and Bob Huck.
Joel Heck book Joel Heck

June 27, 2017
"From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C.S. Lewis"
This lecture by Dr. Joel Heck focuses on the spiritual journey of C.S. Lewis, and includes content from his book of the same title.

Douglas Gresham Douglas

April 3, 2017
"Evangelism and C.S. Lewis"
A conversation with Douglas Gresham and Jerry Root, accompanied with music by singer-songwriter Meg Sutherland.

Corey Latta Corey Latta February 21, 2017
"C.S. Lewis and the Art of Imaginative Writing"
Corey Latta speaks on C.S. Lewis's writing quality and process in his works, as well as his extensive and disciplined reading habits.
Paul Fiddes Paul Fiddes January 24, 2017
"The Poetics of Desire in Thomas Traherne and C.S. Lewis"
The Reverend Professor Paul S. Fiddes, a leading scholar of theology and literature, speaks on C.S. Lewis and Thomas Traherne.
Mark Pike Mark Pike December 6, 2016: Lewis and Education lectures
Dr. Pike speaks on C.S. Lewis’s educational vision and how it relates to current issues for parents, students, teachers and school leaders.
Mere Education lecture
Narnian Virtues lecture
C.S. Lewis Justin Dyer
& Micah Watson

October 24, 2016
"C.S. Lewis on Politics and Natural Law"
Justin Dyer and Micah Watson discuss their book, C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law.

Chris Armstrong Book Chris
October 11, 2016
"The Intuitive Medievalism of C.S. Lewis"
Dr. Chris Armstrong speaks on C.S. Lewis and medievalism.
Lyle Dorsett Lyle

Summer 2016
"The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis"
Six sessions given by Dorsett during a conference with the C.S. Lewis Institute.

Surprising Imagination book Jerry Root
& Mark Neal
December 3, 2015
"The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis"
Dr. Jerry Root and Mark Neal speak on Lewis's nuanced understanding of the imagination and its role in leading us to truth.
Abigail Santamaria Abigail

October 12, 2015
"Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis"
Santamaria speaks on the surprising life of Joy Davidman and shares behind-the-scenes research stories from her many years of work on the biography of a woman who is best known today as the wife of C.S. Lewis.

Colin Duriez Colin Duriez  April 30, 2015
"Inklings in Wartime"
Duriez explores how C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and other Inklings identified modern warfare as a powerful image of the deeper battle between good and evil. 
Paul Fiddes Paul Fiddes January 20, 2015
"Ways of Exchange: ‘Co-inherence’ in Charles Williams and C.S. Lewis"
Dr. Fiddes explores Williams’s idea of ‘co-inherence': The mutual indwelling of human persons in each other, in Christ, in the Church, and the triune God.
David Downing David C.
September 19, 2014
"Journey to Joy: The Pilgrim's Regress Book Launch and Lecture"
Pilgrim's Regress was the first book C.S. Lewis wrote after he became a Christian, and was his initial attempt to explain his own conversion to belief in God as well as the experience he termed “Joy.”
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis Douglas
February 3, 2014
"C.S. Lewis on Image and Imagination: Some Romantic Reflection"
Dr. Hedley discusses Image and Imagination in C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces with particular interest in the nineteenth-century Romantic sources behind Lewis’s work.
C.S. Lewis Conference November 1, 2013
"C.S. Lewis and American Culture Conference"
A conference on C.S. Lewis's influential presence within American culture. Speakers include: Mark A. Noll, George Marsden, Alan Jacobs, and Trevor Hart.
Christine Fletcher Christine
November 7, 2013
"Theology in Wartime: Dorothy L. Sayers and C.S. Lewis"
Fletcher examines Lewis and Sayers's writing during the WWII Era as a model for Christian Engagement.
Alister McGrath Alister
Lectures & Radio Interview: Alister McGrath
McGrath is the author of the biography C.S. Lewis: A Life (Tyndale 2013).
March 19, 2013, WETN radio interview: McGrath Interview with Greg Wheatley 
March 20, 2013, lecture co-sponsored with Tyndale Publishers: "C.S. Lewis: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet" 
March 22, 2013, Chapel message: "C.S. Lewis and the Enrichment of Our Faith" 
Jonathan Kirkpatrick Jonathan
February 28, 2013
"Bacchus in Narnia? C.S. Lewis and the Classics of Greece and Rome"
Kirkpatrick explores how Greece and Rome dominated C.S. Lewis’s education and strongly influenced his thought and writings.
CSL Study Course
C.S. Lewis Institute Free Study Courses on Three Lewis Books

The C.S. Lewis Institute offers three free study courses for audio and video download on Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, Letters to Malcolm, and Mere Christianity - ideal for small group study.