CS Lewis Center Presents Author, Musician Matthew Dickerson

By James R. Garringer, Director of Media Relations Published: Apr 19, 2017

Matthew Dickerson

Author and musician Matthew Dickerson will present a sponsored lecture and conduct a writing workshop next Monday at Taylor University.

Dickerson, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, will conduct a writing workshop from 1-2:00 pm and later in the day speak with the Mathematics and Computer Science and Engineering departments. His evening lecture, On Wizards, Waterboarding, and the Pursuit of Power: The (Still) Relevant Moral Ethics of J.R.R. Tolkien, will be presented in the Butz-Carruth Recital Hall at 7:30 pm, and is followed by a reception and book signing.

Dickerson’s appearance is sponsored by Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends.

Dickerson has published a number of books and chapters on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis including Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien (with Jonathan Evans), Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis (with David O'Hara), and most recently A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.  

Beyond Lewis and Tolkien, Dickerson’s newest book titles include The Betrayed, as well as a three-volume fantasy novel collectively titled The Chronicles of Gondisle: The Daegmon War, beginning with The Gifted (2015), continuing with The Betrayed (2016) and concluding in Spring 2017 with Illengond.

Dickerson holds a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University where he also did graduate work in Old English Language and Literature. At Middlebury, he is a member of the Department of Computer Science, an affiliate of the Program of Environmental Studies, a past Director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf, and a regular contributor to the Writing Program. His songwriting and recording has received national radio airplay first with the blues band Deep Freyed and more recently with the roots gospel and roots Americana duet Dickerson and Nop.