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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, and the second half will discuss J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. 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.
In The Silmarillion Tolkien gives his account of the First Age of the World; that is, the nature of creation and the beginnings of creaturely life. A knowledge of his complex and highly detailed chronicles gives a richness and depth of understanding to our experiences of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
See our Reading Groups page for more information.
Alan SnyderThe Marion E. Wade Center presents a talk by Dr. K. Alan Snyder of Southeastern University and author of the book America Discovers C.S. Lewis on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Bakke Auditorium.

Dr. Snyder will be sharing the results of his research into C.S. Lewis’s reception in the United States and influence on Americans, including such questions as “What did C.S. Lewis really think of Americans?,” “Why did Chad Walsh think Lewis was a writer worthy of an intellectual biography?,” and “Why do Americans seem to appreciate Lewis’s works more than his fellow Brits.”

Dr. Snyder is a professor of history at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, who has taught in higher education for over 30 years. He holds a B.A. from Purdue University, an M. A. in History from Old Dominion and a Ph.D. in History from The American University. America Discovers C.S. Lewis is his fifth book.
This event 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 7:00 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.
During Family Weekend on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.,  Dr. Timothy Larsen will sign copies of his new book George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles in the Wade's Museum. The book contains material from Dr. Larsen's lectures in the 2016-2017 Hansen Lecture Series, and will be offered at a 15% discount.
In this installment of the Hansen Lectureship Series, historian and theologian Timothy Larsen considers the legacy of George MacDonald, the Victorian Scottish author and minister who is best known for his pioneering fantasy literature, which influenced authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, and Madeleine L'Engle. Larsen explores how, throughout his life and writings, MacDonald sought to counteract skepticism, unbelief, naturalism, and materialism, and to herald instead the reality of the miraculous, the supernatural, the wondrous, and the realm of the spirit.

Timothy Larsen (PhD, University of Stirling) is McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, and he has been a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and All Souls College, Oxford. He is the author of several books.
Light Princess by George MacDonaldJoin us as for a story time featuring an abridged retelling of The Light Princess by George MacDonald on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Wade Center Museum.

At her christening, the light princess is afflicted with constant weightlessness until one day love finally brings her back down to earth for good. Sit by the wardrobe and listen to this classic story from Victorian fantasist George MacDonald whose work had a profound influence on the tales of both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

The story time is free and open to the public. MacDonald’s fairy tales are appropriate for children ages 5 to 99. Children under 12 should attend with a caregiver.

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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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. 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.

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.

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.