2016 Colloquium

11th Biennial Lewis and Friends Colloquium

June 2-5, 2016

Over seventy presentations of scholarly and creative work were featured over the course of the weekend, as well as various workshops and roundtable discussions about topics of interest to fans and scholars of the Inklings.

Over a hundred participants joined us and our delightful speakers 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 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 was our great privilege 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, had both passed away in 2015.

And 2016 also marked the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of Lewis and Tolkien, without which . . . well, who wants to imagine a world without that friendship?

In honor of these four, our colloquium theme was “Friendship.”