Eighth Biennial CS Lewis Colloquium Begins May 31

By Jim Garringer Published: May 25, 2012

C.S. Lewis

Taylor University will host the Eighth Biennial Colloquium on C.S. Lewis and Friends beginning May 31 and running through June 2. The event will feature speakers, discussion and academic papers on the life and impact of the late English author and scholar C.S. Lewis.

The featured speakers include Dr. Alan Jacobs, the Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College, Dr. David Downing, the R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College, and Ron Reed, playwright and founder of the Pacific Theatre.

In addition to his work at Wheaton, Jacobs is an accomplished author. His two most recent books are: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant (Eerdmans, 2010). His keynote address is titled “Distinguo!”

Downing teaches creative and professional writing at Elizabethtown College and is the author of four award-winning books on C.S. Lewis: Planets in Peril (1992), The Most Reluctant Convert (2002),Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C.S. Lewis (2005) and Into the Wardrobe (2005). Downing recently published a historical novel about C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel (www.lookingfortheking.com). He is a regular blogger at CSLewis.com and an editorial consultant on Lewis for Cambridge University Press, Blackwells Books and a half dozen other university presses and scholarly journals.

Reed, the artistic director of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, Canada, has written 20 plays which have enjoyed more than 50 productions in Canada and the United States. Reed founded the Pacific Theatre after graduating with an MFA in acting from the California Institute of the Arts. He is a five-time nominee for Vancouver's Jessie Richardson Award as an actor (Cotton Patch Gospel, God's Man in Texas, Shadowlands, A Man For All Seasons, Mourning Dove). He also has been nominated for Canada's Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

CS Lewis was a noted author, speaker, professor and Christian apologist. One of the foremost thinkers of his day, Lewis is remembered for numerous books he authored that included: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, That Hideous Strength, The Great Divorce, Mere Christianity, A Grief Observed, and Until We Have Faces.

Lewis’ marriage to American Joy Davidman was chronicled in the motion picture Shadowlands. He died on November 22, 1963 – the same day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

The Brown Collection came to Taylor University in the late 1990s and is housed in the Center for the Study of CS Lewis and Friends, located in the Zondervan Library.

The public is invited.