Events Archive

 

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MICHAELMAS TERM 2016 EVENTS

 

First Week (11 October)
‘Fifty Years with C.S. Lewis’
Walter Hooper

 

Second Week (18 October)
‘C.S. Lewis and the Word of God:
Til We Have Faces Sixty Years On’
Michael Ward

 

Third Week (25 October)
‘A Star Above the Mast:
Tolkien, Faerie and The Great Escape’
Anna Thayer

 

Fourth Week (1 November)
‘The Poetics of Desire
in Thomas Traherne and C.S. Lewis’
Paul Fiddes

 

Fifth Week (8 November)
‘Dante, Lewis, and the Reordering of (the four) Love(s).’
Brian Williams

 

Sixth Week (15 November)
“Are we Restless for Heaven? Defending Lewis's Argument from Desire”
Peter S. Williams

 

Seventh Week (22 November)
‘Lewis and Newman: Comparing Oxford Converts’
Fr. Ian Ker

 

Eighth Week (29 November)
Kilns Christmas Party

 

 

 

TRINITY TERM 2016 EVENTS

 

First Week (26th April)
‘The Last Battle Sixty Years On’
Michael Ward


Second Week (3rd May)
A recording of CS Lewis
reading chapter IV, "Friendship"
from The Four Loves,
followed by a discussion


Third Week (10th May)
'Finding Meaning in the White Spaces'
Lancia Smith


Fourth Week (17th May)
‘C. S. Lewis - the Children's Literature Context’
Peter Hunt


Fifth Week (24th May)
‘C. S. Lewis:  Chronicles of a Master Communicator’
Steve Beebe


Sixth Week (31st May)
'Slow-Kindled Courage: A Study of Tolkien's Heroes'
Anna Thayer


Seventh Week (7th June)
‘C.S. Lewis at Poet’s Corner’
Book Launch Event with
Michael Ward and Peter S. Williams


8th Week (14th June)
Evening Walk and Dinner
Rickety Press Pub
 67 Cranham St, Oxford OX2 6DE

 

 

HILARY 2016 EVENTS

 

First Week (19th January)
‘Tolkien's Modern (!) Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages’
Holly Ordway

Second Week (26th January)
‘Finrod, Job, and ‘estel’: the Roots of Hope in Tolkien’
Simon BerryFirst Week (13 October)

Third Week (2nd February)
‘What Did C.S.Lewis Think of Himself?’
Walter Hooper

Fourth Week (9th February)
‘C.S. Lewis and the Battle Between Classicism and Romanticism’
Jonathan Kirkpatrick

Fifth Week (16th February)
‘The Air of Narnia: Stories and True Adulthood in Prince Caspian’
Anna Thayer

Sixth Week (23rd February)
‘Horrid Red Things: Why Magic, and the Death of Magic,
Are Essential to Mere Humanity’
Mark Stafford

Seventh Week (1st March)
'C.S. Lewis and King Arthur'
Gabriel Schenk

8th Week (8th March)
Read Aloud & Nibbles

 

 

MICHAELMAS 2015 EVENTS

 

First Week (13 October)
Lame and Unconvincing? Surprised by Joy Sixty Years On
Michael Ward

Second Week (20 October)
C.S. Lewis & His Circle
Roger White and Brendan & Judith Wolfe

Third Week (27 October)
An evening with Douglas Gresham: the only man alive who lived with C.S. Lewis
Douglas Gresham

Fourth Week (3 November)
The Narnian Virtues: C.S. Lewis as Character Educator
Mark Pike

Fifth Week (10 November)
Lewis in Post-War Oxford
Walter Hooper for Tony Cockshut

Sixth Week (17 November)
The Seven Heavens: a special musical performance
James Whitbourn with Michael Ward
Location: St. John the Evangelist, Iffley Road

Seventh Week (24 November)
C.S. Lewis’s Understanding of Islam
Max Imam

Eighth Week (1st December)
Kilns Christmas Party
Location: The Kilns, Headington

 

 

 

N.B. We currently do not have details for all events before Michaelmas 2015.

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TRINITY 2013 EVENTS

First Week:
Mr Douglas Gresham,
An Evening With Douglas Gresham

Second Week:
Prof Peter Hunt,
Lewis's Roots and Rivals - the Children's Literature Context

Third Week:
Prof Alister McGrath,
On Writing a Biography of C. S. Lewis
followed by our A. G. M.

Fourth Week:
Prof Jon Fennell,
A Polanyian Perspective on Lewis's The Abolition of Man

Fifth Week:
Dr Heather O'Donoghue,
'Touching Greatness': Lewis's Early Poetry and Old Norse Myth

Sixth Week:
Dr Jonathan Kirkpatrick,
Bacchus in Narnia: C. S. Lewis and the Classics

Seventh Week:
Dr Anna Caughey,
First Responses to Tolkien's 'The Fall of Arthur'

Eighth Week:
Society Pub Walk to Littleworth


 

HILARY TERM 2011 EVENTS

First Week (January 18th)
Catholicism in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
by Stratford Caldecott

Second Week (January 25th)
Abysmally Bright: Chesterton on Chaucer, Greatness, and Poetry
By David Baird

Third Week (February 1st)
C.S. Lewis and the Psalms
By Dr Francis Warner

Fourth Week (February 8th)
Last Things: C.S. Lewis on Hell and Heaven
By Bp Kallistos Ware

Fifth Week (February 15th)
Letting In and Shutting Out:
The Theme of Doors in Lewis's Theology
By Dr Meriel Patrick

Sixth Week (February 22nd)
Original Sin in Sayers' Plays and Novels
By Margaret Hunt

Seventh Week (March 1st).
Theology of Love: C.S. Lewis and St. Augustine in Dialogue
By Jason Lepojarvi

Eighth Week (March 8th)
Book Launch of C.S. Lewis and the Church: Essays in Honour of Walter Hooper (T&T Clark)
and Celebration of Walter Hooper's 80th Birthday

 


 

MICHAELMAS 2010 EVENTS

First Week (Tue. Oct 12th)
“C.S. Lewis and Historic Evangelicalism”

By Dr. Chris Mitchell

Second Week (Tue. Oct 19th)
“C.S. Lewis and Gender”
By Prof. Ann Loades

Third Week (Tue. Oct 26th)
Devilry in C.S. Lewis & The Inklings in the Context of War
By Colin Duriez

Fourth Week (Tue. Nov 2nd)
“Joy Davidman: Girl Communist”
By Abby Santamaria

Fifth Week (Tue. Nov 9th)
“My Godfather, C.S. Lewis”
By Laurence Harwood

Sixth Week (Tue. Nov 16th)
"Lewis and the Cowley Fathers"
By Will Vaus

Seventh Week (Tue. Nov 23rd)
“The Brightest Heaven of Invention: Solar Power in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
By Dr. Michael Ward

Eighth Week (Tue. Nov 30th)
Christmas Party at the Kilns

 

 

HILARY TERM 2009 EVENTS

First Week (Tue. Jan. 20th)
Life on Other Planets in English Theology Before Lewis
by Dr Mark Edwards
Lecturer in Patristics, University of Oxford

 

Second Week (Tue. Jan. 27th)

Place: Balliol College, Lecture Hall XXIII

Sub-Creation and Imagination in Lewis and Tolkien

by Prof. Ian Storey

Classics, Trent University, Ontario

 

Third Week (Tue. Feb. 3rd)

Herbert and the Temple

by Dr Beatrice Groves

Wolfson College, Oxford

 

Fourth Week (Tue. Feb. 10th)

C. S. Lewis' Mediaevalism

by Dr Santha Bhattacharji

St. Benet's Hall

 

Fifth Week (Tue. Feb. 17th)

Warren Hamilton Lewis and His 'American Lady'

Dr Diana Pavlac Glyer

Azusa Pacific University

 

Sixth Week (Tue. Feb. 24th)

What C. S. Lewis Really Did to Chaucer's Troilus & Criseyde

by Dr Simon Horobin

Magdalen College

 

Seventh Week (Tue. Mar. 3rd)

Christian Narrative: Lewis, Tolkien, and Rowling

by Matthew Hunter

Former Secretary of the Society

 

Eighth Week (Tue. Mar. 10th)

Special General Meeting

Agenda: constitutional ratification, project committees

 

Eighth Week (Thu. Mar. 12th)

Note this added Thursday meeting!

Music, Myth, and Literary Depth

in the 'Land Without Music'

by Gregory Martin

Former Member of the Society

 

 

 

MICHAELMAS TERM 2008 EVENTS

 

First Week (Oct. 14th)

The Re-invention of the Christian Myth

Rev. Hugh Rayment-Pickard

Author: The Devil's Account: Philip Pullman and Christianity

 

Second Week (Oct. 21st)

Audio and Discussion from C. S. Lewis Reading from The Four Loves

 

Third Week (Oct. 28th)

J. R. R. Tolkien and the Wanderer

Dr Stuart Lee

Director, OUCS; Author: The Keys to Middle Earth

 

Fourth Week (Nov. 4th)

G. K. Chesterton: Faith, Imagination, Literature

Rev. Torbjorn Holt

Rector, Norwegian Church in London

 

Fifth Week (Nov. 11th)

C. S. Lewis and Theological Controversy

Rev. Dr. Gerald Bray

Director of Research, The Latimer Trust

 

Sixth Week (Nov. 18th)

Documentary: C. S. Lewis, dreamer of Narnia

Featuring Society Treasurer, Peter Cousins

 

Seventh Week (Nov. 25th)

C. S. Lewis on Petitionary Prayer

Dr Tim Mawson

Tutor in Philosophy, St Peter's College

 

Eighth Week (Dec. 2nd)

Christmas Party at the Kilns

 

 

TRINITY TERM 2008 EVENTS


 

First Week (Tue 22 April)

Faerie in J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: Escape vs. Recovery

by John Robinson

Visiting Student

 

Second Week (Tue 29 April)

A Fertile Friendship: C.S. Lewis and Austin Farrer

by Revd Robert MacSwain

Ramsey Fellow and College Chaplain, St Chad's College, University of Durham

 

Third Week (Tue 6 May)

Tutored Ale Tasting at The Turf Tavern

 

Fourth Week (Tue 13 May)

Dr Who and I

by Paul Cornell

Author, "Dr Who"

 

Fifth Week (Tue 20 May)

Audio and Discussion of C. S. Lewis Reading from the Four Loves

 

Sixth Week (Tue 27 May)

C.S. Lewis and the Psalms

by Dr Francis Warner

Lord White Fellow (now Emeritus) and Tutor in English Literature at St Peter's College, Oxford; C.S. Lewis' last graduate student

 

Seventh Week (Tue 3 June)

Donald Swann, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

by Leon Berger

Administrator, Donald Swann Archives

 

Eighth Week (Tue 10 June)

Annual Pub Walk


 

HILARY TERM 2008 EVENTS

 

First Week

The Abolition of Man and the Problem of Gender

by Dr Joe Ricke

Professor of English, Taylor University

 

Second Week

J.R.R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, and the Cauldron of Story

by Catherine Barnett

Student at Taylor University

 

Third Week

Charles Williams, Iris Murdoch, and the Flight from the Enchanter

by Timothy Pitt-Payne

Barrister

 

Fourth Week

If Religion is Dangerous, What Should Happen to Believers?: The Dawkins Debate

by John Cornwell

Author of Darwin's Angel: An Angelic Riposte to The God Delusion

 

Fifth Week

Tour of the Kilns (Lewis' Home)

 

Sixth Week

Slide Show with Original Photographs relating to C.S. Lewis' Life and Work

 

Seventh Week

Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration

by Revd Dr Gavin Ashenden

Senior Chaplain and Lecturer in the Psychology of Religion, Sussex University

 

Eighth Week

Book Launch: PLANET NARNIA by Michael Ward

 

 

MICHAELMAS TERM 2007 EVENTS

 

First Week (Tue 9 October)

President's Introduction followed by a Drinks Reception


 

Second Week (Tue 16 October)

Owen Barfield: His Work and Literary Estate

by Owen Barfield

Grandson of Owen Barfield


 

Third Week (Tue 23 October)

Tolkien's Legendarium: Which is the most Authoritative Expression?

by Richard Jeffery


 

Fourth Week (Tue 30 October)

Insights from C. S. Lewis for Christian Apologetics Today

by Joe Martin

Independent scholar


 

Fifth Week (Tue 6 November)

Reflections on My Work as C. S. Lewis’ Editor

by Walter Hooper

Friend, Biographer and Editor of C. S. Lewis


 

Sixth Week (13 November)

On Charges of Racism against C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien

by Joshua Roberts


 

Seventh Week (Tue 20 November)

Advent readings from the Inklings at the Kilns (C. S. Lewis’ home)


 

Eighth Week (Tue 27 November)

Christmas in the ‘Oxford School’ of Children's Literature

by Maria Cecire

DPhil student in English Literature, Keble College

 

 

TRINITY TERM 2007 EVENTS

 

First Week (24 April):

'Laughing at Satan: Humorous Representations of the Devil in Early Medieval Literature'

by Leon Pickering

Second Week (1 May):

Richard Jeffrey

 

Third Week (8 May):

‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Cricket Ball:  C. S. Lewis and Old Norse Mythology’

Professor Heather O'Donoghue

Tutor in English, Oxford University

 

Fourth Week (15 May, 7.00 p.m.):

'Tracing the Inklings: A Guided Tour through Lewis's Oxford', beginning at the Eagle & Child Pub

Rev Dr Jeanette Sears

 

Fifth Week (22 May):

‘Reflections on a Friendship: C. S. Lewis and Sheldon Vanauken’

John Holloway and Nathan Grills

 

Sixth Week (29 May):

‘Lewis as a Writer of Christian Doctrine’

Rev Professor Paul Fiddes

Principal of Regent's Park College

 

Seventh Week (5 June):

Annual walk to The Trout -- a favourite walk of Lewis and the Inklings

 


 

HILARY TERM 2007 EVENTS


 

First Week, 16 January:
Selections from Dorothy Sayers’s The Man Born to Be King:
A Dramatic Reading by Students from Taylor University

Second Week, 23 January:
Author Colin Duriez,
‘Myth, Fact, and Incarnation: The Quest for the Real in C. S. Lewis’

Fourth Week, 6 February:
Joe Martin,
‘Insights from Lewis for Christian Apologetics Today’ [postponed]

Fifth Week, 13 February:
Romy Cerratti,
‘"Are you with me?" "To the death!": Fellowship in the Works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien’

Seventh Week, 27 February:
Dinner and tour at The Kilns

Eighth Week, 6 March:
Rev. Dr. Michael Ward,
‘What The Heck Does It Matter If We Don't Cotton On To The Complex Patterns In Lewis's Poetry?’

 

 

MICHAELMAS TERM 2006 EVENTS

 

First Week (10 October):

'The Completion of Volume III of Lewis's Collected Correspondence:  An Evening of Questions and Answers with Editor Walter Hooper'


 

Second Week (17 October):

Dr. Judith Priestman,

'John Betjeman and C. S. Lewis: The Dilettante and the Don'


 

(NOTE change of venue and time. This is a special meeting at 2.15 p.m.

at the Bodleian Library's Betjeman exhibition.

Dr. Priestman's tour will feature unseen Lewis material

and other items relating to Oxford undergraduate life in the 1920s.)


 

Third Week (24 October):

Professor Ian Storey,

'Classical Allusions in C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces'

 

Fourth Week (31 October):

Aidan Mackey,

'The Moral Imagination: George Macdonald, G. K. Chesterton, and C. S. Lewis'

 

Fifth Week (7 November):

Richard Jeffery,

'Boxen: The Imagination of Young C. S. Lewis'

 

Sixth Week (14 November):

Brendan Wolfe,

'Philology in Lewis and Tolkien'

 

Seventh Week (21 November):

Leslie Marsh,

'The Historical Jesus: Was Lewis Right?'

 

Eighth Week (28 November):

Bring a Book to The Kilns: Favourite Christmas-Themed Readings from The Inklings