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1. C. S. Lewis College to Open:
The C.S. Lewis Foundation has announced the creation of the new C.S. Lewis College taking over the Northfield Mount Hermon School campus in Northfield, Massachusetts. With the property purchased from the school by Hobby Lobby Stores, the C.S. Lewis College will be a fully accredited Christian institution of higher education to study the Great Books and visual and performing arts. Plans are for classes to begin in the fall of 2012 with a student body of 400, a faculty of 40, a staff of 45, and an annual budget of $20 million. Here is a video with C.S. Lewis Foundation President J. Stanley Mattson, here is a video from the press conference, and numerous media acounts of this exciting development include the following:
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4. Upcoming C.S. Lewis Society Events:
A. C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book and Film Club (See year-long schedule here)
Meets bi-weekly Wednesdays
The upcoming meetings will be held at:
January 6 and 20: The Abolition of Man, by C.S. Lewis
7:30 p.m.: Discussion, Leader/moderator, Andrew Dósa
In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis provides a superb case for the importance and relevance of the universal values of natural law, including liberty, courage, charity and honor in contemporary society. Both astonishing and prophetic, this beautifully written book is a devastating critique of relativism (subjectivism) in aesthetics, epistemology and moral ethics.
"C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man purports to be a book specifically about education, but its central concerns are broadly political, religious, and philosophical. In the best of the book's three chapters, 'Men Without Chests,' Lewis trains his laser-sharp wit on a mid-century English high school text, considering the ramifications of teaching students to believe in idle relativism, and to reject 'the doctrine of objective value, the belief that certain attitudes are really true, and others really false, to the kind of thing the universe is and the kinds of things we are.' Lewis calls this doctrine the Tao, and he spends much of the book explaining why society needs a sense of objective values. The Abolition of Man speaks with astonishing freshness to contemporary debates about morality; . . . his articulation of values seems less ego-driven, and therefore is more useful, than that of current writers such as Bill Bennett and James Dobson." Michael Joseph Gross, author and journalist
"Learned, brilliant and lively, Lewis was always an artist with words, . . . fastidious and fair-minded (while sometimes satirical), probing and thoughtful, logical and magisterial, orthodox and arresting, and clear and compelling. . . . In short, he was never less than a first-class read."
J.I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration." John Updike
"A Real Triumph."Owen Barfield
B. "What's So Great About Christianity"
Sponsored by First Covenant Church of Oakland and C.S. Lewis Society of California
Today, more than ever, Christianity is under attack. Can an intelligent, educated person really be a Christian? Has Christianity really been disproven by science, debunked as a force for good, and discredited as a guide to morality? Do the atheists have it right? Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza takes on the leading critics of Christianity and shows why Christianity explains the universe, why science came from Christianity, why the alleged sins of Christianity (e.g., Crusades, Inquisition, Galileo affair) are vastly overblown, why Christianity is the ultimate defense of man’s free will, why Western civilization cannot exist without the Christianity that gave it birth, why Christianity is the fastest-growing religion in the world while secularism and atheism are on the decline, and much more.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
First Covenant Church
4000 Redwood Road
Oakland, CA 94619
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5. Other Events:
A. "C.S. Lewis and the Inklings: Discovering Hidden Truth"
13th Annual C.S. Lewis and Inklings Conference (CSLIS)
Papers on the above theme related to the works of C.S. Lewis, the Inklings, George MacDonald, and Dorothy L. Sayers are invited. However, papers on other subjects related to the above authors will also be accepted. There will be a competition for the best undergraduate and best faculty/scholar paper presented at this conference. Monetary awards will be given as determined by a committee of three jurors from the Executive Board members of the CSLIS. To be eligible, the presenter must a member of the CSLIS and present the paper at the conference. The awards will be presented during the evening banquet on April 9.
When: April 9-10, 2010
Where: Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK
Call for Papers: Deadline for papers: January 15, 2010
E. "C. S. Lewis, His Friends and Associates: Questions of Identity"
Although certain aspects of C. S. Lewis’s work have been studied in great detail, others have been comparatively neglected. In this international conference, the first of its kind to be held in France, we hope to look at Lewis’s life and work, and those of his friends and associates, from many different angles.
Questions of identity are essential to the understanding of any writer. The ways authors perceive themselves and who they are, the communities they belong to by birth or choice, inevitably influence their work. The way they present other people, real or fictional, may also be rooted in their own conception of identity.
We are therefore seeking for papers which examine gender and family roles, national, regional, racial or professional identities, membership of a particular church, movement or club, ideological or political attachments, descriptions of oneself (e.g., dinosaur, Old Western Man) either with regard to Lewis and those who knew him or in a study of their writings.
Among Lewis’s friends and associates we would include his brother Warren, his wife Joy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, T.S. Eliot, Ruth Pitter and Owen Barfield, but would also consider studies of anyone who worked with Lewis or who influenced him. Comparative studies of Lewis and another writer are also possible.
When: June 2-3, 2011
Where: Lille Catholic University, France
Call for Papers: Deadline for propositions for papers (200 to 300 words, French or English): June 15, 2010
Contact: Suzanne Bray: email@example.com
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