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The 10th Frances W. Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends

June 2-5, 2016

Taylor University

Keynote speakers include Diana Glyer, Colin Duriez, and Sørina Higgins.

Dr. Diana Glyer is a professor of English and has published extensively on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joy Davidman, and the Inklings. She is the author of The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community (2008) and Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings (2015).

Colin Duriez is a prolific author, especially on the Inklings and fantasy literature. His many books include Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, C. S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship, Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil (2015), and The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and Their Circle (2015).

Sørina Higgins is the author of the blog “The Oddest Inkling,” devoted to a systematic study of Charles Williams’ works. She serves as the editor of a volume on The Inklings and King Arthur (forthcoming late 2015) and has recently discovered and published Williams’ play (long thought to be lost), The Chapel of the Thorn (2014). She is also the Review Editor of Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal.

It will be our great privilege next summer to look back and honor the lives of two sets of friends without whom there would be no Colloquium. Retired Taylor University professor Dr. David Neuhouser and Dr. Edwin Brown, whose collection of books and manuscripts became the heart of Taylor’s Center, both passed away in 2015. And in 2016, we will mark the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of Lewis and Tolkien, without which . . . well, who wants to imagine a world without that friendship?


June 26 - June 30, 2016​​


Those who enjoy the works of Lewis and love the Lord will have the chance to explore some of the ways Lewis grew in his faith as we re-discover the means of grace that will deepen our own relationship with Jesus. With limited registration of 125 people, there will be opportunities to interact with world-class Lewis scholars in small group settings throughout the conference, including: Dr. Lyle Dorsett, Dr. Jerry Root, Marjorie Lamp Mead, and C.S. Lewis Institute Staff. Dynamic lectures, worship times, "tea times," great food and fellowship will make for an enriching and enjoyable experience. Participants will enjoy the brand new Bakke Auditorium at the Wade Center -- home to "the wardrobe" and the writings of Lewis and the Inklings. The beautiful campus of Wheaton College will provide housing and award winning cuisine in the Todd Beamer Dining Hall. We hope that you will be able to join us. More information below.

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Lyle Dorsett - Author of Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis

Workshop Session Speakers: Dr. Jerry Root, Dr. Wayne Martindale, Marjorie Lamp Mead, Dr. Joel Woodruff, Dr. Tom Tarrants, Dr. Randy Newman, Karl Johnson

Workshop Topics: A variety of C.S. Lewis themed workshops will be offered including some dealing with discipleship, apologetics, and Lewis's writings and life.