The C. S. Lewis Society Newsletter

1. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Film:

Walden Media's wonderful film based on C.S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was released on December 10, 2010, and is widely regarded as having restored the spirit of The Chronicles of Narnia series that was found in the first film, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). To date Voyage has received total worldwide box office sales of $375,028,146, of which more than $100 million has been grossed in the U.S. As a result, the film has become distributor 20th Century Fox's first $100 million movie in 13 months.

Available for pre-order, the Blue-ray and DVD of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will feature the extended director's cut of the fim with deleted scenes plus other features.

Video interview with Max McLean and Douglas Gresham, step-son of C.S. Lewis and Executive Producer of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

2. The Journal of Inklings Studies launched:

The launching of The Journal of Inklings Studies has recently been announced. This new, peer-reviewed, semi-annual journal will provide a forum for rigorous academic engagement with the thought of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and their intellectual and literary peers and forebears. In this way, it seeks to contribute to the reception of these thinkers in theology, philosophy, and literary studies worldwide. The journal is a collaboration of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, Charles Williams Society, and Owen Barfield Estate.

The first issue of the journal will be March 2011, and print and online, individual and institutional subscriptions can be obtained here. In addition, single issues of The Journal of Inklings Studies and the C.S. Lewis Chronicle are available as well. The editors for the journal are as follows:

3. The Narnia Code: New Book and DVD:

The C. S. Lewis Society of California co-sponsored of the BBC2 documentary, The Narnia Code, based on the book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis, by Michael Ward. Originally aired at Easter 2009, The Narnia Code was produced and directed by Norman Stone, producer of the International Emmy Award and BAFTA Award-winning BBC film, C. S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands, starring Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom, as well as the film starring Anton Rodgers, C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia, that premiered on the Hallmark Channel in 2005. Now, the program is available with 45 minutes of bonus other features in DVD format.

Dr. Ward has also authored the great new book, The Narnia Code: C.S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens, that is a more accessible discussion of the hidden themes that C.S. Lewis placed in The Chronicles of Narnia, based on the Christian spiritual symbolism of the seven heavens in medieval mythology. The book Planet Narnia first revealed this heretofore hidden layer in Lewis's work, an enormous depth and sophistication by Lewis in creating the Narniad which has attracted an entire new appreciation for his accomplishment in creating these enormously popular classic stories that resonate for people worldwide.

Further information on both the book and DVD can be found here at the official web site.

4. Recent Articles:

Articles Regarding The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Film:

Other Articles:

5. Recent and Forthcoming Books:

6. Upcoming C.S. Lewis Society Events:

C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book and Film Club (See year-long schedule here)
Meets bi-weekly Wednesdays

7. Other Events:

A. "The Great Faith Debate: What's So Great About God?"
Lesher Speaker Series 2010-2011


When: Wednesday, February 16, 2011



B. "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

Contact: Suzanne Bray: suzanne.bray@icl-lille.fr

C. "C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxbridge: Paradigms of Hope: Transcending Chaos & Transforming Culture"
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation

On this special occasion, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute, leading Christian thinkers and practitioners (from the fields of history, the natural sciences, cultural studies, mathematics, theology, the arts, philosophy, business, literature, education, law, medicine, and the social sciences) will be brought together to assist Christians in positions of influence to speak lovingly but prophetically to the culture about “the reason for the hope that lies within us.” As a beginning, this program will address the question whether, and to what extent, cultural transformation is desirable or possible. Then, more specifically, in mathematics and the natural sciences, the program will explore the implications of contemporary physics and quantum theory for the Christian message of hope and meaning. The crisis of vision that paralyzes our culture is truly lamentable. But this lament is also the evidence of a goodness that is absent. Oxbridge 2011 will seek the restoration of that goodness in both our personal lives and in the broader life of our society and culture, as we engage and celebrate the very author of that goodness, namely Jesus, “the hope of the world.”

Featuring (partial list):

When: July 26 - August 3, 2011



D. The Dorothy L. Sayers Society Convention

When: August 12-15, 2011

Where: Gatehouse of Fleet—Kirkcudbright, Scotland



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