C.S. Lewis and American Culture
Marion E. Wade Center, the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, and Wheaton College's Faith & Learning program
Friday, November 1, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
British author C.S. Lewis has exercised a greater influence within the United States than within his own country. The reasons for this, however, have seldom--if ever--gone beyond cursory observations on the qualities of Lewis' work that Americans have found attractive.
In this, the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's death, the Wade Center, ISAE, and Wheaton's Faith & Learning Program seek to encourage some initial, yet substantial, steps toward a more historically and culturally informed explanation for the Oxford don's influential presence within American culture.
To do this we have invited a select group of scholars known for their insights into American history, culture, and religion and a UK representative well-acquainted with the British Lewis to offer a view from the other side of the Atlantic.
The ultimate aim is not only to offer up a more robust understanding of the reasons for Lewis's uncommon impact in America, but also to shed additional light on the nature and character of American culture and religion during the past half century.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is free parking available for those attending the conference in the Billy Graham Center parking lot and elsewhere on and adjacent to the Wheaton College campus.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may contact the Wade Center by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 630-752-5908.
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You may wish to bring your printed registration form just in case, but the conference organizers will have a record of your registration so a printed ticket is not necessary.
Dr. Mark A. Noll, "C.S. Lewis in America, 1932-1945."
Dr. Noll is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and the author of numerous books and articles including The Civil War as a Theological Crisis (UNC Press, 2006), America's God, from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln (Oxford, 2002), and The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (Eerdmans, 1994). He is currently at work on a book examining the role of the Bible within American culture.
Dr. George Marsden, "Mere Christianity and American Culture."
Dr. Marsden is an emeritus Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of a number of influential books including Fundamentalism and American Culture (Oxford, 1980), The Soul of the University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief (Oxford, 1994), and Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale, 2003), winner of the American Historical Association’s Bancroft Prize in American History. Dr. Marsden has just completed The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief (Basic Books, forthcoming).
Dr. Alan Jacobs, "Response to Noll and Marsden."
Dr. Jacobs is the new Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Baylor Universit and was formerly the Clyde S. Kilby Chair Professor of English at Wheaton College. The author of many articles and review essays, Dr. Jacobs combines a broad interest in hermeneutics, philosophy, literary theory, modern British literature and the history of criticism. In addition to his book The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis (HarperOne, 2005), he is the author of such books as The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Oxford, 2011), and The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography (Princeton, 2013).
Dr. Trevor Hart, "C.S. Lewis and America From the Other Side of the Pond."
Dr. Hart is a Professor of Divinity as well as being the Director of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Currently working on a project relating aspects of human imagination to the Christian doctrines of creation and the incarnation, he is the author of Faith Thinking: the Dynamics of Christian Theology (Wipf & Stock, 2005) and Regarding Karl Barth: Toward a Reading of His Theology (Wipf & Stock, 2005). His latest book is Between the Image and the Word: Theological Engagements with Imagination, Language and Literature (Ashgate, 2013).
A block of rooms for conference attendees has been reserved at the Wyndham-Lisle Hotel (http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/illinois/lisle/wyndham-lisle-chicago-hotel-executive-meeting-center/hotel-overview) about 5 miles south of the Wheaton College campus. Rooms are available for both the nights of Thursday, October 31st and Friday, November 1st. When registering, simply mention "CS Lewis and American Culture" or "Wheaton College" to receive the special conference rate.
C.S. Lewis and American Culture Conference Schedule
*All sessions will be held in Barrows Auditorium of the Billy Graham Center
10:30 AM: "C.S. Lewis in America, 1932-1945"--Dr. Mark Noll
1:30 PM: "'Mere Christianity and American Culture"--Dr. George Marsden
3:30 PM: "Response to Noll and Marsden"--Dr. Alan Jacobs
7:30 PM: "C.S. Lewis and America--From the Other Side of the Pond"--Dr. Trevor Hart
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