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Till We Have Faces by C.S. LewisSaturdays, September 8-November 17

The Saturday morning book discussion group resumes on September 8 and runs through November 17, 2018. The first half of the session will focus on C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces. The group will meet at the Wade Center each Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., led by Dr. Rolland Hein, Professor of English Emeritus at Wheaton College.
 
Till We Have Faces, first published in 1956, was Lewis's last novel. C.S. Lewis himself described it as his "favorite of all my books." A reinterpretation of the Cupid and Psyche myth, this story is a complex work that holds rich rewards for the reader. See our Reading Groups page for more information.
 

Stephanie DerrickThe Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College will present a talk at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018 by Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick on "C.S. Lewis and 1940s Oxford: Things We Forget to Remember."

Collective memories, like personal memories, can be selective. C S. Lewis is considered a hero of the faith by many in the Christian community. He wrote book after book aimed at the popular Christian market and found international fame for his insights into human nature and flare for a turn of phrase. From our current vantage point, we often forget that there were many things about his life that would strike us today as quite remarkable. Imagine hardly ever doing your own grocery shopping or cleaning or cooking, for example: wouldn’t we all get a lot more done? Perhaps there was more to Lewis’s prodigious output than raw talent. This lecture will consider some aspects about Lewis and the culture of Oxbridge from the 1920s through the 1950s that our collective memory has ceased to recall.

Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick is an historian of religion in the modern era, with a special interest in the intellectual and print cultures of British and American Christianity. She also investigates the ways in which technology and globalization are shaping religious experience in the twenty-first century. She did her PhD in History at the University of Stirling (Scotland) and now lives in Los Angeles, California.

The lecture will be held in the Marion E. Wade Center's Bakke Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Malcolm Guite and Michael WardThe Marion E. Wade Center and the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, present the first of two evenings in the inaugural event of the Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Barrows Auditorium of the Billy Graham Center. The event "Imagination, Arts and Evangelism: How C.S. Lewis and the Creative Arts Help Us 'Past Watchful Dragons'" will include poetry and music by Dr. Michael Ward and Dr. Malcolm Guite interspersed with conversation moderated by Dr. Jerry Root exploring how C.S. Lewis and the creative arts help us ease past “watchful dragons” and awaken us to the transcendent.

Poet and Anglican Priest, Malcolm Guite is Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge, and teaches in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He has degrees from both Cambridge and Durham University. He lectures widely in both England and North America, and is the author of five books of poetry, and several books on the Christian faith and theology. He also performs regularly as singer and guitarist with the rock band, Mystery Train.

Award-winning author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford UP) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge UP), Michael Ward is Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. He is also a member of the Wade Board, and serves as Advisory Editor for VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center. He was instrumental in establishing the memorial stone for Lewis in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, unveiled on the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death in 2013 and is an ordained Catholic priest.

Dr. Jerry Root is Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Evangelism Initiative, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, and author of C.S. Lewis and A Problem of Evil and co-author of The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis, as well as many other works on Lewis.

The Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts is funded by the generosity of The Esmond Nissim Foundation, Inc. and continues the creative and imaginative work of the seven Wade authors:  Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams by featuring talks, performances, exhibitions, and periodically commissioning new works related to or inspired by these authors.

This event will be held in the Billy Graham Center's Barrows Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

SpheresThe Marion E. Wade Center presents the second event in the Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts, a lecture by Dr. Michael Ward of the University of Oxford and professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University, and Dr. Malcolm Guite, of the University of Cambridge, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wade Center’s Bakke Auditorium.

Dr. Ward and Dr. Guite will share insights from Dante’s Paradiso and Lewis’s view of the heavens to aid and deepen not only our own understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven after this life, but also our awareness of God’s presence in His creation right now.

Dr. Michael Ward is award-winning author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford UP) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge UP). He is Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. Dr. Ward is also a member of the Wade Board, and serves as Advisory Editor for VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center. He was instrumental in establishing the memorial stone for Lewis in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, unveiled on the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death in 2013 and is an ordained Catholic priest.

Poet and Anglican Priest, Dr. Malcolm Guite is Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge, and teaches in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He has degrees from both Cambridge and Durham University and lectures widely in both England and North America. Dr. Guite is the author of five books of poetry, and several books on the Christian faith and theology. He also performs regularly as singer and guitarist with the rock band, Mystery Train.

The Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts is funded by the generosity of The Esmond Nissim Foundation, Inc. and continues the creative and imaginative work of the seven Wade authors:  Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams by featuring talks, performances, exhibitions, and periodically commissioning new works related to or inspired by these authors.

The lecture will be held in the Marion E. Wade Center's Bakke Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

David and Crystal DowningDuring Homecoming weekend at Wheaton College, Friday, October 5 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., come meet the Wade’s new co-directors, Drs. David and Crystal Downing, as they share excerpts from personal letters between C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers. This fun and engaging exchange is suited for high-school ages and older, and will be followed by Q&A for those who want to stay and get acquainted with the Downings.

This event will take place in the Wade Center's Bakke Auditorium, is free, and open to the public.

Marion E. Wade Center Awarded NEH Grant for Preservation Assessment of Books Owned by C.S. Lewis

The Marion E. Wade Center was recently awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to assess conservation needs on a selection of books from the personal library of C.S. Lewis. It is the first NEH grant received by Wheaton College. The conservation assessment will be conducted in spring 2018 by a professional book conservator from Chicago’s Conservation Center, who will spend a week examining 420 volumes from Lewis’s library judged most in need of treatment, and will then prepare a detailed assessment for each volume along with cost estimates to complete the conservation work.

The Wade Center owns over 2,400 volumes from C.S. Lewis’s personal library, the majority of which were purchased in 1986 from a library in England which had obtained them following Lewis’s death. These library books form one of the Wade Center's most heavily accessed collections, making them especially vulnerable to deterioration due to regular handling. The volumes, never before evaluated by a conservator and in varying physical condition, contain Lewis’s annotations of unique, unpublished content. As a result, they are a significant and valued resource for gaining insight into Lewis and his thoughts.

Following the assessment, the Wade Center will create a long-term fundraising plan for conservation treatment of the books based on the assessment recommendations. Since part of the Wade Center’s mission is to make its collections accessible and available for present and future generations of researchers and visitors, this grant is integral to its ongoing preservation efforts and related fundraising initiatives.

The Marion E. Wade Center of Wheaton College, Illinois is a major research collection of materials by and about seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

Announcing the Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts

The Marion E. Wade Center is delighted to announce the establishment of the Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts, funded by the generosity of The Esmond Nissim Foundation, Inc.

Through her friendship with Wade Center founder Clyde S. Kilby, Muriel Fuller, Wheaton College Class of 1923, was an early contributor to the fledging “Lewis Collection” at Wheaton College. The Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts continues her legacy of support for the Marion E. Wade Center and the work of the seven Wade authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. These authors were creative and imaginative artists in a variety of media, including the literary arts such as stories and poetry as well as drama. A number of these writers were gifted in the fine arts, and music was also a significant and valued part of their lives. The creativity of the Wade’s seven authors has in turn inspired a number of other artists throughout the years.

The Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts enables the Wade Center to feature the creative accomplishments of the seven authors while also highlighting the work of other artists—who were inspired by the seven—by offering talks, performances, and exhibitions, and by periodically commissioning new works. Aesthetic theory, the theological imagination, and related topics will also be explored through talks and seminars.

The inaugural event for the Muriel Fuller Endowment for the Imagination and the Arts will be held during the 2018-19 academic year.

Publication Announcement: The Messiah Comes to Middle-earth by Dr. Philip G. Ryken

Messiah Comes to Middle Earth Book by RykenNow published: Wheaton College President Dr. Philip G. Ryken’s  book The Messiah Comes to Middle-earth, containing content from the 2015-2016 Hansen Lectureship. In the book, readers discover that they too can learn much through Tolkien's imaginative storytelling. Through the characters of Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn, Ryken points us toward Christ as we consider his prophetic, priestly, and royal roles.

Copies are available for sale at the Wade Center or via InterVarsity Press Academic.

Narnian Virtues Character Education Project

lamppost-croppedThe University of Leeds, in collaboration with SUNY Cortland and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, has developed a curriculum utilizing C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and looking at whether study of the books can help improve students’ character. The curriculum is aimed at 9-13 year olds, and there are 6-12 weeks’ worth of activities for each novel, based on two to four hours per week. Participating schools will receive free PDF documents containing the curriculum materials, as well as updates and ideas via email and social media. More details in the links below.

Website
Narnian Virtues Invitation
Narnian Virtues Workbook Pages
Narnian Virtues Handbook Pages

Contact: narnianvirtues@leeds.ac.uk

Study Guide: Learning from the Spiritual Pilgrimage of C.S. Lewis

In this six-part video series, Lyle Dorsett shares what he learned about Lewis’s spiritual formation, including what factors were involved in shaping him into a mature and influential Christian. The video series was recorded at the 2016 C.S. Lewis Institute Summer Conference held at the Marion E. Wade Center.

This Study Guide is designed to facilitate and enhance use of the videos by small groups. It may also be used by individuals for personal study and reflection.

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Volume 33 of VII (2016)

Volume 33 (2016) has been released and is now available for purchase online! This volume includes a transcription of a previously unpublished letter by C.S. Lewis, as well as articles on Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Lewis. 

 

Video on "The Hobbit" and the Wade Center

Learn more about the Wade Center and J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit.

 

Gifts and Books at the Wade Gift Store

Items for sale include DVD study guides for C.S. Lewis's works Mere Christianity by Dr. Chris Mitchell and The Screwtape Letters by Dr. Jerry Root. Also for sale are used books by or related to the Wade authors.