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Presentations for Groups

The Wade Center is pleased to offer the following program options for groups of ten or more guests. Scheduling group presentations at least 3 weeks in advance is required, and only available as staffing allows. Audience age appropriateness and length of presentations are noted below. Times do not include anticipated length of question and answer sessions after the presentation. For further details on any of the offerings below, or to schedule a visit, please contact the Wade Center.

Requests for programs and lectures on other Wade author-related topics not listed will be considered depending on staff time and availability.

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Available Presentations by Topic

  • Wade Center overview (20 minutes)
  • Presentations on the Wade Center’s archival procedures and collection practices (times vary)
  • Tours of the Reading Room and Museum areas (times vary)
  • A fact-finding hunt in the Wade Center Museum, two versions available; suitable for elementary through junior high ages (25 minutes)
  • “The Making of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien” (20 minutes)
  • “The Making of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien”  (30-45 minutes)
  • “Biography of C.S. Lewis” (20 minutes)
  • “Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien” (20-45 minutes depending on audience age)
  • “C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien: Authors and Friends,” combined biography of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (30-45 minutes depending on audience age)
  • “Beyond Lewis and Tolkien: Getting to Know the Other Inklings” (1 hour)
  • "Tolkien's Beginnings: His Early Writings, Influences, and World War I" (1 hour)

Available Presentations by Age

  • A fact-finding hunt in the Museum (25 minutes)
  • “The Making of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien,” suitable for late elementary ages (20 minutes)
  • “Biography of C.S. Lewis” (20 minutes)
  • “Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien” (20 minutes)
  • A fact-finding hunt in the Museum (25 minutes)
  • “The Making of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien” (20 minutes)
  • “Biography of C.S. Lewis” (20 minutes)
  • “Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien” (30 minutes)
  • “C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien: Authors and Friends” (emphasis on Tolkien writing The Hobbit, along with biographical content for both authors, 30 minutes)
  • Wade Center overview (20 minutes)
  • Presentations on the Wade Center’s archival procedures and collection practices (times vary)
  • Tours of the Reading Room and Museum areas (times vary)
  • “The Making of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien” (20 minutes)
  • “The Making of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien” (30-45 minutes)
  • “Biography of C.S. Lewis” (20 minutes)
  • “Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien” (45 minutes)
  • “C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien: Authors and Friends,” combined biography of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (45 minutes)
  • “Beyond Lewis and Tolkien: Getting to Know the Other Inklings” (1 hour)
  • "Tolkien's Beginnings: His Early Writings, Influences, and World War I" (1 hour)
  • The Man Born to be King by Dorothy L. Sayers (times vary)

Other Available Options

  • Highlights of original materials from the Wade Center’s collections, such as first editions, and original letters and manuscripts. Contact the Wade for more information.
  • Sound and video recordings relating to the seven Wade authors, such as biographical documentaries, dramatic adaptations of their works, scholarly lectures, music, and interviews. Popular picks include:
    • The Magic Never Ends, a documentary on the life of C.S. Lewis (1 hour)
    • "Experience and its Track: The Most Important Truth I have learned from C.S. Lewis," a talk by Dr. Clyde S. Kilby (1 hour 8 minutes long, audio only)
    • "The New Cosmology," a recording by Dorothy L. Sayers for BBC Radio in 1950 (15 minutes, audio only)
  • Book discussion groups and guest lectures. See our current offerings.