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The Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends


The Center has limited hours this summer and will be back to regular hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 am-2:30 pm when the 2016-17 Taylor fall semester begins. 

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We celebrated a wonderful weekend of scholarship, fellowship and the imagination during our 10th Frances White Ewbank C. S. Lewis & 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 round table discussions about topics of interest to fans and scholars of the Inklings. At the Saturday evening banquet, we remembered Dr. David Neuhouser and Dr. Edwin Brown and their incredible commitments to preserving and promoting the study of Lewis and Friends. 

Our keynote speakers were three authors with important recent books on Lewis and Friends:

Diana Glyer –Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings.

Colin Duriez Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil and The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien, and Their Circle

Sørina Higgins -The Chapel of the Thorn: A Dramatic Poem by Charles Williams and forthcoming The Inklings and King Arthur. 

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This summer, director of the Center, Dr. Joe Ricke and two Taylor students are working in our collection to create a catalog of our holdings. Their excellent work will make our collection more accessible to scholars and students alike. 

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The Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends at Taylor University seeks to facilitate and encourage the reading and study of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Owen Barfield.

The focal point of the Center is the Brown Collection, located in the lower level of the Zondervan Library. The Brown Collection consists of first editions, letters, manuscripts, photographs, and other items relating to these authors. It is considered to be the third largest C.S. Lewis collection in the world. The Center also contains a replica of the pub where Lewis met with a group of friends who called themselves “The Inklings.” 

The Center hosts a C.S. Lewis & Friends Society, the goal of which is to celebrate and discuss the lives of Lewis and related authors. The group meets from September to May, holding events throughout the school year.

  The Center is open when classes are in session 
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00AM - 2:30PM,
with other times available by contacting us.

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In Memory of David L. Neuhouser

David L. Neuhouser

In Memory of Dr. Edwin Brown

Dr. Ed Brown

Dr. Ed Brown's wonderful collection of first editions and manuscripts of C. S. Lewis and Friends became the basis for the Lewis and Friends Society at Taylor University (which later became the Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends). He lived a long life, distinguished by his commitment to the field of medicine, to his Christian faith, to higher education, to his family, and, thankfully for us, to fellow readers of Lewis and friends. His life was exemplary, and we will treasure the memory of his friendship and the heritage he has entrusted to us. Read more about Ed Brown here.