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Becoming Mrs. LewisThe Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College will present 2 events on Thursday, December 6 with novelist Patti Callahan Henry:
1. A panel discussion on the craft of fiction writing with novelists Patti Callahan Henry, David C. Downing, and Nicole Mazzarella, at 4 p.m.
2. A book talk and signing by Patti Callahan Henry, author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis, at 7 p.m.
Becoming Mrs. Lewis fictionalizes Joy Davidman's friendship with C.S. Lewis and her journey from New York to Oxford where she found not only love but also her own voice.
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author of 12 novels, including The Bookshop at Water's End. She has been a finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Novel of the Year. She began her research for her latest historical novel, Becoming Mrs. Lewis, at the Wade Center.
David C. Downing is the Co-Director (with his wife Crystal Downing) of The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College. In addition to his extensive scholarly work on C.S. Lewis, Downing has written a historical novel called Looking for the King (2010), in which two young Americans meet Lewis and Tolkien in Oxford in 1940. 
Nicole Mazzarella grew up in Ohio and writes with sensitivity and precision about rural, Midwestern life. Her first novel, This Heavy Silence, was selected by Leif Enger, author of Peace Like a River, as a finalist for the Paraclete Press Fiction Award of 2004, won the 2006 Christy First Novel Award, and was named Christianity Today’s Fiction Book of 2006. She is Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College.
The panel and book talk will be held in The Marion E. Wade Center's Bakke Auditorium, and both are free and open to the public.
Saturdays, January 12-April 27, 10-11 a.m.
The Saturday morning book discussion group resumes on January 12 and runs through April 27, 2019. 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.
Three books will be discussed this term

In Orthodoxy G.K. Chesterton presents his own provocative defense for his Christian faith, affirming its indispensable relation to Fairyland, which, he asserts “is nothing but the sunny country of common sense.”

All Hallow’s Eve is Charles Williams’s final fantasy novel and the only one that would have been read to the Inklings. In the story, two girls are accidentally killed and find themselves in a no-man’s land between heaven and hell. The unfolding plot shows them making choices and having certain interactions with people on earth that seal their final destinies. As we meet a prophet who is an Anti-Christ and a painter who in his work captures profound spiritual truths, we come to fuller understanding of the nature of the City of the Redeemed. The novel offers definitive expression to Williams’s characteristic teachings on co-inherence, exchange, and the thoroughly sacramental nature of life.

In What’s Mine’s Mine George MacDonald takes us into northern Scotland, where the invasion of English money and privileged attitudes works agonizing hardship upon native Highlanders. Thematically, the story highlights the deleterious effects upon the human spirit of the love of money, and of a doctrinally askewed Christianity.

The books will be available in the Wade's Book Shop. 

Laura SchmidtThe Marion E. Wade Center and the Wheaton College Tolkien Society present a lecture on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien by Wade Center Archivist Laura Schmidt on Wednesday, January 23, 2018 at 4 p.m. in Bakke Auditorium.

Schmidt will explore author J.R.R. Tolkien’s early years and the context of his burgeoning relationships and writing influences, particularly in the midst of World War I. Tolkien’s love of art, reading, language, and the fellowship of community all provide engaging insights into the areas that shaped his later life and writing career.

This lecture will take place in the Wade Center’s Bakke Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
The Marion E. Wade Center presents the 2018-2019 Hansen Lectureship series on November 8, 2018 and  February 7 & March 21, 2019; all at 7 p.m. in the Wade Center’s Bakke Auditorium. The series by Dr. Jerry Root on C.S. Lewis is titled “C.S. Lewis’s Dymer: ‘A splendour in the dark, a tale, a song.’"
Dr. Jerry Root is Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Evangelism Initiative, Wheaton College. He has been teaching and speaking throughout the US and overseas for almost 40 years on C.S. Lewis.
These events are free and open to the public.

The Space in Between: Ballet Inspired by C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce

BalletIn a grey town where the rain falls continuously, stands a man at a bus stop, on the brink of heaven and hell. This dreamlike place is the setting for Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager’s newest work The Space in Between. Drawing inspiration from The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, The Space in Between explores the nature of eternity and the joy found on its shores. In Lewis’ work, Hell is not a place where a vengeful God tortures his victims, but a place “where the gates are locked from the inside.” Lewis writes, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

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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. 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.

Learn more about the 2018 inaugural events.

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.

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.

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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VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center

Learn more about VII and purchase copies. The Wade Center's annual journal provides an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the lives and works of the seven Wade authors.


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.