2018 Lewis & Friends Colloquium

JOIN US at the Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis & Friends at Taylor University for our 11th biennial Frances White Ewbank Colloquium, May 31-June 3, 2018.

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We have a rich history, spanning twenty years of fellowship and scholarship, featuring important keynote addresses by top scholars in the field from both sides of the Atlantic, workshops, panels, performances, and, most important, original scholarship and creative work from scholars, teachers, students, fans, and friends. The 2016 Lewis and Friends Colloquium included almost 100 presentations in 36 sessions. For the second time in our history, the colloquium will be a cooperative venture between the Taylor Center and the C. S. Lewis and Inklings Society.

2018 Keynote Speakers: Stephen Prickett, Crystal DowningRon Reed, D. S. MartinJoe ChristopherCrystal Hurdand Charlie Starr.

2018 Conference Theme: “The Faithful Imagination”

Call for Paper Submissions: We invite paper proposals on any topic related to C. S. Lewis and Friends (broadly defined)–Owen Barfield, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and others. We especially encourage papers on the conference theme.  

Student Writing ContestCurrently enrolled undergraduate students may submit critical essays on the work of or a related author or creative work inspired by C. S. Lewis and friends. 

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Frances White Ewbank pioneered the study of C. S. Lewis at Taylor University. More than thirty years ago, she began to assign readings from Lewis’s works as the basis for writing assignments in an honors writing class.

frances-ewbank-head.jpgHer work inspired her colleagues as well as her students and ultimately led to the study of C. S. Lewis at Taylor today. In 1997, David Neuhouser and the Lewis and Friends Committee decided to name the colloquium in honor of this outstanding scholar and teacher.

At our ten previous Ewbank colloquia, we have extended the idea of “Lewis and Friends” in a number of way. Of course, we are interested in the works of C. S. Lewis and his “friends,” — his contemporaries and his influential mentors (like George MacDonald). Also, across the distances of space and time, we extend our friendship to these authors. Finally, because of our common love for these men and women, we are friends of each other. We are friends in the sense that, to use George MacDonald’s words, we are “alike enough to understand each other, and unlike enough to interest and aid each other.”

Our highly-participatory colloquium exists to promote meaningful conversations among “friends,” whether scholars or not, both inside and outside the scheduled sessions. Many of us find the conversation continuing for a lifetime.

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