10th Lewis and Friends Colloquium honors the lives of Neuhouser, Brown

By Jim Garringer, Director of Media Relations Published: May 20, 2016

C.S. Lewis

The 10th Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis and Friends will take place June 2-5 on the campus of Taylor University. Hosted by the Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends, the Colloquium focus on the works of C. S. Lewis and his intellectual and literary circle, known as The Inklings.

C.S. Lewis was a noted Oxford and Cambridge professor, scholar, author, speaker, and Christian apologist. His numerous books include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Out of the Silent Planet, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, Mere Christianity, and A Grief Observed. This year, the Colloquium will especially honor longtime friends, Dr. David Neuhouser and Dr. Ed Brown.

Neuhouser was a longtime professor in Taylor University’s Department of Mathematics who was equally recognized for his expertise in mathematics and love of the works of C.S. Lewis. Brown was an Indianapolis-area physician who shared an interest in Lewis and compiled a broad collection of first edition books published by Lewis and his fellow Inklings colleagues, Dorothy Sayers, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield. That collection, as well as Brown’s replica of the Eagle & Child pub frequented by The Inklings, now resides in Taylor’s C. S. Lewis Center, which is housed in the lower level of the Zondervan Library. Neuhouser and Brown both died last year.

Begun in 1997, the semi-annual colloquium is named in the memory of Taylor’s Professor of English Emeritus Dr. Frances Ewbank, who pioneered the use of the writings of Lewis in Taylor’s curriculum. This year’s colloquium will feature more than 70 presentations of scholarly and creative works, and various workshops and roundtable discussions on Lewis and the Inklings, as well as on George MacDonald, the 19th century pastor and author whom Lewis called his “master.”

Taylor presenters include Dr. Jim and Amy Spiegel (on virtue in The Lord of the Rings), Dr. Ed Meadors (on a theology of friendship), and Dr. Andrew Draper (on issues of race in Narnia), and Dr. Joe Ricke, the Director of the Center. Student Writing Competition award winners will also present their work. Taylor students presenting include Abby Palmisano, Bethany Russell, and Luke Wildman.

This year’s keynote speakers are three authors who have recently written critically-relevant books on Lewis and his friends: Diana Glyer, Colin Duriez and Sørina Higgins. For more information on each keynote speaker, please visit the colloquium web page.

The public is invited. Registration is free for Taylor University faculty, staff, and students.

Register online at taylor.edu/cslewis. For more information, contact: Lisa Ritchie, Program Coordinator, Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends at Taylor University at lsritchie@taylor.edu, or 765-998-4690.