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

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.”

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


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Jane Chance


Dr. Jane Chance, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at Rice University, has published twenty-five books and a hundred articles and reviews relating to medieval women, medieval mythography, and medievalism, particularly by J.R.R. Tolkien. She has edited three book series, one of which is the Library of Medieval Women; been awarded NEH and Guggenheim Fellowships, membership at the Institute for Advanced Study-Princeton, and several best book awards, one for "The Literary Subversion of Medieval Women." She also received an honorary doctorate from Purdue University for her "outstanding literary scholarship" and "visionary leadership" in the field of Medieval Studies." (She founded “Tolkien at Kalamazoo.”). Her most recent book is "Tolkien, Self and Other: 'This Queer Creature,'" published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015; she also has six or seven other Tolkien books. Her most recent passion is writing poetry, lately, her second book, "The Middle Ages" (2018), awarded the Eric Hoffer Finalist Award in 2019. She lives in Houston with two miniature dachshunds (Felix and Tess) and an Amazonian parrot named Pancho-Girl. (Ask her why.)

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Diana Pavlac Glyer


Diana Pavlac Glyer has been widely recognized for her work on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings, including the Mythopoeic Society Scholarship Award, a Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant, and a Hugo nomination. Best known for The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community, her most recent book is Bandersnatch. She teaches in the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University.


Image: Azusa Pacific University

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Monika Hilder


Dr. Monika Hilder is Professor of English at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, where she teaches children’s and fantasy literature. She is co-founder and co-director of Inklings Institute of Canada, and the author of a three-volume study of C.S. Lewis and gender, including Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender (2013), which examines how gender metaphor in Lewis’s writings resists dominant cultural chauvinism with a vision of ethical humanity, and which won a Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant from the Marion E. Wade Center. She has published articles on C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, L. M. Montgomery, Madeleine L’Engle, and literature as ethical imagination. For further information, see

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Charles Huttar


Charles Huttar, Professor of English Emeritus at Hope College, has published extensively on Lewis, Williams, Tolkien, and Barfield (as well as a variety of other subjects, especially in medieval and early modern literature and art). His primary book project currently is a study of the mythography of metamorphosis in C. S. Lewis’s writings. He graduated from Wheaton College (A.B.) and Northwestern University (M.A., Ph.D.) and taught for eleven years at Gordon College before moving to Hope. He is the editor of Imagination and the Spirit (1971), a festschrift honoring Clyde Kilby, who founded the Wade Center. He coedited Word and Story in C. S. Lewis (1991, 2007) and The Rhetoric of Vision: Essays on Charles Williams (1996), both of which received the Mythopoeic Society’s Scholarship Award. His photographs of Lewis and Tolkien have also been published. He is a founding member and past president of the Conference on Christianity and Literature.

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Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson


Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson is a George MacDonald scholar who lives in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. She lectures internationally on MacDonald, the 19th century, the Inklings, and Faith & the Arts. Co-editor of Informing the Inklings (and forthcoming sequel), she has published many chapters and articles in the field, and appears in the documentary, The Fantasy Makers (featured at the 2018 Lewis and Friends Colloquium). Currently completing a book on MacDonald, she also authored the Forewords and Afterwords to the Romanian translations of MacDonald’s The Golden Key and Barfield’s The Child & the Giant. She is on the Advisory Board of Inklings journal VII, a founding Board Member of the C.S. Lewis & Kindreds Society of Eastern & Central Europe, and co-chair of the George MacDonald Society. She directs Linlathen – a Theology & Arts conference and lecture series based in rural Ontario. Passionate about integrating ecological care and local community with academia, she occasionally speaks for and partners with A Rocha, a faith-inspired network of environmental organizations. She lives on a farm, loves enticing academic colleagues into the outdoors, and is always up for a serious game of scrabble.

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Don King


On the faculty of Montreat College since 1974, Don W. King is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of English. From 1999 to 2015 he served as Editor of the Christian Scholar’s Review. His essays and reviews have appeared in Books & Culture, Christianity and Literature, VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, Literature and Religion, The Journal of Inklings Studies, and Studies in the Literary Imagination, The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia, C. S. Lewis—Life, Works, and Legacy. He is author of C. S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse, Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter, Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman, Taking Every Thought Captive: Forty Years of the Christian Scholar’s Review, Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C. S. Lewis, The Letters of Ruth Pitter: Silent Music, The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition, A Naked Tree: Joy Davidman’s Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis and Other Poems, Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman, and Sudden Heaven: The Collected Poems of Ruth Pitter, A Critical Edition. His current writing project is Soldier, Writer, Inkling: A Life of Warren Hamilton Lewis.

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Jason Lepojärvi


Born to a Canadian mother and a Finnish father, Jason Lepojärvi obtained a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His dissertation “God Is Love, but Love Is Not God” (2015) analyzed both the brilliance and the blind-spots of C. S. Lewis’s theology of love. While a research fellow at St. Benet’s Hall in Oxford, he served as the President of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society. Since 2018 he has been Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Thorneloe University at Laurentian in Ontario, Canada, where he teaches a number of courses on the Inklings and the study of love in religion. He is married and has three small children.

Image by Ilkka Kontturi