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Crystal Downing, Subversive book launch

Book Launch for SUBVERSIVE with Crystal Downing

December 2, 2020
Watch the virtual book launch and discussion of Wade Center co-director Crystal Downing's book, Subversive: Christ, Culture, and the Shocking Dorothy L. Sayers.

Crystal & David Downing with Jerry Root

"Tackling Tough Topics with Lewis and Sayers" with David & Crystal Downing and Jerry Root

October 15, 2020
Three specialists on the Wade authors discuss how C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers tackle topics that may create resistance to faith in Christ.

Matthew Milliner

Hansen Lectures by Matthew Milliner on G.K. Chesterton

Matt Milliner, Associate Professor of Art History, presents 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."

Other Past Events

Gina Dalfonzo Gina Dalfonzo September 10, 2020
"Dorothy and Jack Virtual Book Launch"
Watch the virtual launch of Gina Dalfonzo's book, Dorothy and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers and C.S. Lewis.
Jim Beitler book cover Jim Beitler September 10, 2019
"Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church"
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.
Olga Lukmanova Olga Lukmanova August 13, 2019
"Masters and Friends: How the Wade Authors Changed My Life"
Dr. Olga Lukmanova, author, translator, Fulbright Scholar, and professor in Russia, shares how the seven Wade authors influenced her life.
David and Crystal Downing Crystal &  David Downing May 10, 2019
"C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers:
A Feisty Friendship"
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.
Brian Daigle Brian Daigle April 9, 2019
"A Chestertonian Education: Reason, Wonder, Joy, and Paradox"

Brian Daigle asks in this lecture "what are we missing in our own philosophy of education if we do not read Chesterton and hear what he had to say about ideas at the core of what it means to be educated?"
Crystal Downing Crystal Downing March 4, 2019
"The Wages of Cinema: Dorothy L. Sayers's Spiritual Montage"
This inaugural lecture by Crystal Downing demonstrates that the art of film moved Sayers, transforming her from a best-selling detective fiction novelist to an influential lay theologian.
Rolland Hein, Doors In book cover Rolland Hein February 20, 2019
"Doors In: The Fairy Tale World of George MacDonald"

Dr. Rolland Hein shares from his latest book on the fairy tales of George MacDonald, which demonstrate the essential role of the imagination in discerning spiritual truths.
Jon Eller Jonathan R. Eller 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.
Christine Colon  Christine Colón 2017-2018
Hansen Lectures on Dorothy L. Sayers by Christine Colón

Lecture series titled: "Community or Chaos?: Searching for Clues in the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers"
Timothy Larsen Timothy Larsen 2016-2017
Hansen Lectures on George MacDonald by Timothy Larsen
Lecture series titled: "The Rose Fire: George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles"
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. 
Olga Lukmanova Olga Lukmanova October 28, 2014
"George MacDonald and the Art of Mythmaking"
Lukmanova examines MacDonald's fairy tales and how he connected Christian content and Biblical themes to the basic pattern of myth.
Chris Fletcher Christine Fletcher 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.


Film footage of Canterbury Festival Plays and Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers in film by Sydney Bligh

Enjoy viewing rare 1930s footage from three Canterbury Festival play productions by Charles Williams and Dorothy L. Sayers, and footage of Sayers herself, in these silent film excerpts by amateur British filmmaker Sydney Bligh, discovered in 2011.

Film footage by Sydney Bligh, shared by kind permission of Helen Jarrett and The Canterbury Amateur Film Archive at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Footage in this clip is from the productions of Cranmer of Canterbury by Charles Williams (1936), The Zeal of Thy House (1937), and The Devil to Pay (1939) by Dorothy L. Sayers. These were performed during the Canterbury Festival, and the film footage is on the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral. Sayers herself appears briefly as well. More information on the plays and these films may be found in the short film Seeking Sydney about the life and work of Sydney Bligh.


This clip shows Dorothy L. Sayers in attendance at the "Dedication of Benefactors' Windows" event at King's School in Canterbury on June 17, 1939.