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2006 Colloquium LogoThe 2006 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C. S. Lewis & Friends was held at Taylor University on June 1-4, 2006.

The Colloquium included featured speakers, drama, discussion sessions, music, and more.

Keynote Addresses

  • Louis Markos, Professor of English at Houston Baptist University, "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys: Teachable Moments in The Chronicles of Narnia"
  • Thomas Howard, "Charles Williams, the 'Other' Inkling" and "Narnia and the Renewal of Modern Imagination"
  • Colin Manlove, George MacDonald scholar from Scotland, "George MacDonald's Anti-Theology"
  • Dr. Victoria S. Allen, School of English Studies at the College of The Bahamas, "C.S. Lewis and Frederick Buechner: Literary Expressions of Faith"

Drama

George MacDonald: Faith & Obedience is a one-man show in which Daniel Koehn portrays the great Scottish poet, preacher, and novelist of the nineteenth century.  This presentation features MacDonald's writings from Unspoken Sermons, The Wise Woman, and Thomas Wingfold, Curate.

Discussion Session Topics

  • George MacDonald: an overview using David Neuhouser's anthology
  • C.S. Lewis & Friends - according to Disney
  • The mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers and G.K. Chesterton
  • Children's Fantasy Literature: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and George MacDonald

Student Writing Contest

This year's contest attracted work from twenty students enrolled at nine different colleges and universities and representing eight states, as well as England.  Our judge, Dr. Joseph Pearce, Writer-in-Residence at Ave Maria University, read these entries anonymously, without any knowledge of students' names or university affiliations.  The three essays he selected are as follows:

  • "Tolkien, MacDonald, and the Cauldron of Story,"  by Catherine Barnett of Taylor University
  • "'A Very Odd Piece of Work': A Glimpse into Dorothy L. Sayers' Nurture and Development of the Detective Story Genre,"  by Anne Marie Hardy of Taylor University
  • "Faith and Reconciliation in the Poetry of C.S. Lewis,"  by Jenna Grime of Abiline Christian University

Congratulations to these three students for their excellent work.