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

The Lewis Center promotes the integration of faith, scholarship, and the imagination as modeled by a group of British writers we identify as “C.S. Lewis and Friends.”


C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium



"The Taylor University Lewis Colloquium is the premier Inklings conference on the planet,
with something for every level of scholar."
Devin Brown, author of A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis

Information about the Current Colloquium

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C. S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium | Taylor University

March 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

 There’s no easy way to say it. Today we made the difficult and disappointing decision to reschedule the 2020 C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium from June 2020 to June 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As we consider the current projections that this situation could extend into the next few months, it seemed the only appropriate action to take. This was not an easy decision as we, and you, have invested significant time and energy preparing for the 2020 conference. But we know it was the right decision, though it saddens us that we won’t be seeing you all this summer.

The good news is, we have a rescheduled date, so mark your calendars for June 3-6, 2021. Of course many details are still being worked out, but here are a few important pieces of information we want to share:

  • Any scholarly paper proposal or creative work or special workshop/roundtable that has already been accepted for 2020 is automatically accepted for the 2021 Colloquium. We hope that you will join us next year.
  • All current registrations will be retained for the 2021 conference. However, if any registrant who paid for registration desires a refund, we are most willing to accommodate that request. All refund requests can be emailed to, and we ask that any requests for refunds be made by May 1, 2020.
  • Despite the conference being postponed to 2021, the Student Writing Competition is still active as it can be fully accomplished virtually. We will still accept student critical and creative submissions through March 31 (deadline will likely be extended given the circumstances), submissions will be judged, winners will be identified and recognized, certificates will be mailed, and prize money (and free registration, room, and board for 2021) will be given. Winners will be asked to present their work at the 2021 conference, whether they are still undergraduate students or not. Please continue to encourage undergraduate students to enter the contests.

We are currently considering ways to present and promote the incredible work of our participants as well as maintain fellowship and community throughout the next year and would love to hear your ideas about creating meaningful experiences. Please send any and all suggestions to

We were so looking forward to welcoming you all to Taylor University this June, and the two of us were looking forward to working together to plan the biggest and best colloquium yet. Instead we are all doing our best to maintain “socially distanced” friendship and collegiality. Please know that we cherish each of you and are thinking of you and whispering prayers for you in this weird (a good Anglo-Saxon word) time. We were sure that Lewis & Friends 2020 was going to be “one for the ages.” We still are. Even better than we dreamed. We’ve got our 20/20 sights set on 2021.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you have or information you need: (this email account is jointly monitored by us and we will respond directly to you).

Your friends,

Joe Ricke and Ashley Chu, co-directors

Lewis & Friends Colloquium 2020 2021



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About the Colloquium

About the Colloquium



Frances White Ewbank pioneered the study of C. S. Lewis at Taylor University. More than thirty years ago, she began to assign readings from Lewis's works as the basis for writing assignments in an honors class. Her work inspired her colleagues as well as her students and led to the Lewis studies at Taylor today. We believe that it is fitting to name the colloquium in honor of this outstanding scholar and teacher.

At these colloquia we are interested in more than just Lewis. The "and Friends" in the title has a triple meaning. It refers to the fact that we are interested in the friends of Lewis, both his contemporaries and otherwise. Also, we ourselves are friends of these authors. Finally, because of our common love for these men and women, we are friends of each other. We are friends in the sense that, to use George MacDonald's words, we are "alike enough to understand each other, and unlike enough to interest and aid each other." We believe that the varied programs at the colloquia promote conversations among "friends," whether scholars or not, and occur outside of the scheduled sessions as well as within them.




The Faithful Imagination: Papers from the 2018 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends

Experience the intellectual excitement and fellowship of the 2018 Colloquium through scholarly essays, poetry, photographs, reflections, and more in The Faithful Imagination. Now available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also available at The Bishops Nook: Taylor University's Campus Store.

Past Colloquia

Previous conferences (1997-2018)



The programs from previous conferences are available online via Taylor University's institutional repository, Pillars.