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This year has been a busy one for the Center. We have hosted events called Friday Tea at 4. For an hour each week, students, faculty, staff and community members have gathered for tea, British biscuits and, as Director Dr. Joe Ricke says, "an informal time to fellowship and to exchange words and ideas, in the spirit of the Inklings."

With 20-25 in attendance each week, discussions have ranged from lighthearted to serious to spirited on the topics like Eustace Scrubb's role in Narnia, the Christian elements in The Hobbit, Lewis's The Problem of Pain and A Grief Observed, and Lewis and Tolkien's experiences with WWI and their war poetry. 

On Friday, November 18, we welcomed long-time friend of the Center and fantasy writer, Mr. John Stanifer, who led discussion on: Myth and The True Myth (Lewis, Tolkien and Marvel Comics). Thanks, John, for joining us!  

On December 2, TU librarian Shawn Denny, playing the role of Father Christmas,charmed the overflowing crowd with his readings of J.R.R. Tolkien's Father Christmas Letters. A delightful time complete with laughter, carols, sugar cookies, hot chocolate and of course, tea and digestives. Thank you, Shawn and others for organizing this Christmas treat. 

Here are the dates for this spring. Many of the discussions are led by students sharing their original research. We will post speakers and topics as students get plugged in to their spring course loads and sign up. 

  • Feb 3, Dr. Ricke lead with discussion and planning for the spring semester.

  • Feb 10, The Center hosted The Lord of the Rings Movie Marathon that evening at 6pm for the Taylor community!

  • Feb 17, student Annie Weeks, “Lucy and Susan, Mary and Martha: Stories of Sisterhood”

  • Feb 24, reading of George MacDonald's, The Light Princess

  • Mar 3, no tea, everyone is encouraged to attend sessions of the Making Literature Conference sponsored by the Taylor English Department. 

  • Mar 10, student Jessica Wise

  • Mar 31, student Connor Salter

  • April 7, student Luke Wildman led the group in reading Tolkien's translation of Beowulf, complete with chain mail costume, a roaring fire on the TV screen and horn as a tea cup.   

  • April 21 - TBA

  • April 28 - Grandparents Day open house from 1-4:30 and Tea at 4pm
  • May 5 - Hope Bolinger leading on Puddleglum

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HOLD THE DATE: Here at Taylor, the 11th Frances W. Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends will be in a year and a half, May 31-June 3, 2018!  Watch for a Call for Papers next fall. 

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During the summer of 2016, director of the Center, Dr. Joe Ricke and two Taylor students, Abby Palmisano and Blair Hedges, worked in our collection. Their excellent work will make our collection more accessible to scholars and students alike.

A bibliography of our George MacDonald works is scheduled to be published in North Wind, A Journal of George MacDonald Studies, in 2017. 

The blog of their summer findings is titled Suprised by Books.