Q: What is the dress code?
A: There is no official dress code. Participants tend to dress professionally yet comfortably, given that the days are very full. Many folks dress along the lines of business casual, and others wear jeans. A light sweater or light jacket might be helpful. The Saturday night banquet and reception is generally taken as an opportunity to dress up a bit, but even that is relative.
Q: Why is the schedule so full?
A: We unapologetically pack these three days with brainy, imaginative, scholarly stimulation. We have plenary sessions together, and then break out into workshops and roundtables, paper sessions, and special events of all kinds. We have breaks with refreshments and time for conversation. Meal times are also part of the conference experience. The campus is beautiful in early June, and we recommend that you take a break whenever you need one. If you'd like to see what the schedule was like for our 2018 colloquium, click here.
Q: Do I need to be a Lewis (or related) scholar to attend?
A: Not at all. You probably will most enjoy the colloquium if you at least have some prior interest in Lewis or the other authors we study (e.g., Tolkien, MacDonald, Sayers, Barfield). Many of the world’s leading scholars will be here, as will emerging scholars, lay people, and enthusiasts. But many of our participants are not Academics (with a capital A) as such.
Q: What is there to do in the evenings?
A: It's true, Taylor University is located in a small town in the cornfields of east-central Indiana, but there's plenty of activities, both scheduled and unscheduled, to keep you busy after dinner. In the evenings we have special events that are both fun and an important part of the program: keynote talks, plays, readings, open mics, films, and the like. Late hours in the residence hall's common areas often feature sing-alongs, jam sessions, games, and especially good conversation.
Q: What is the community like? What if I don't know anyone else that's going?
A: The typical experience is that people make lots of new friends and contacts at the colloquium. In many cases, lifelong friends and collaborators. Being “friendly” in this way is part of the heritage and legacy of the C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium. As 2018 plenary lecturer Crystal Hurd expressed, "In 2012, I attended the Lewis & Friends Colloquium as a recent graduate....I stumbled onto campus a stranger, but I was soon surrounded by those would become my dearest friends....My desire to reconnect with old friends and make new ones has not diminished at all from that first exhilarating moment" (The Faithful Imagination, 5).
Q: Will there be a bookstore?
A: We will have a wonderful pop-up bookstore provided by Eighth Day Books. You should be able to find practically anything you want related to one of our authors, as well as books by our plenary speakers. There will also be used and rare Inklings books for sale.
Q: What’s it like to stay in a residence hall?
A: Ah yes, those good old college days. The residence hall will be clean, comfortable, and air-conditioned. It will not, however, be up to the level of your local four-star hotel in terms of amenities and decor, nor will it have in-room restroom/shower facilities. Despite those facts, many of our attendees choose to stay on-campus for the mere convenience as well as for the community and fellowship aspect that this experience provides. Single and double rooms are available (and can be selected during the registration process). Roommates may be mutually requested. There will be separate floors/wings (and restrooms) in the hall for female, male, and married attendees. To learn more about staying on-campus in a residence hall, click here.