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


Please check out Announcements for information on past, present and future events and Center activities. 

Matthew Dickerson returns! Last year’s Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecturer will again visit Taylor University on Monday, April 24.

He will speak in the annual Lewis Chapel at 10 am in Rediger Chapel Auditorium. The title of his talk is “The Discipleship of the Imagination: God’s Image-Bearers and the Transformed and Renewed Christian Mind.”

He will also present a talk on J.R.R. Tolkien Monday evening at 7:30 pm in the Butz Carruth Recital Hall, Smith-Hermanson Music Center. The title for this lecture is On Wizards, Waterboarding, and the Pursuit of Power: The (Still) Relevant Moral Ethics of J.R.R. Tolkien.” The public is invited to this free lecture.

The evening talk will include a book giveaway along with book signing and reception.

  • Matthew Dickerson is a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University where he also did graduate work in Old English Language and Literature. At Middlebury College, he is a member of the Department of Computer Science, an affiliate of the Program of Environmental Studies, and a past Director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf.

    He has published several books and essays on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis including Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien (with Jonathan Evans), Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis (with David O'Hara), and A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.  

    His most recent published work includes a fantasy novel titled The Betrayed (2016). It is the second of a three-volume fantasy novel collectively titled The Chronicles of Gondisle: The Daegmon War, which began with The Gifted (2015), will conclude in 2017 with Illengond.

  • Grandparents of Taylor students are invited to our Open House on Friday, April 28 from 1-4:30.  

  • Friday Teas: Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome at 4 pm on most Fridays in the Rice Lounge, which is on the lower level of Zondervan Library. Please see our Announcement page for more information about our Friday Teas.

  • 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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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 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.