Huntington University to host C.S. Lewis program

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2008-02-15
Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University will host C.S. Lewis: A Commemoration from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The event will celebrate the delivery of Lewis’s lectures at the University of Durham in 1943. Those lectures were subsequently published as “The Abolition of Man” and also provided the ideas behind his third science fiction book, “That Hideous Strength,” completed in 1943. These works will be explored in the context of commemorating Lewis’s life and contributions to Christian thought and literature.

The two-part event is sponsored by the Office of the Academic Dean at Huntington. The first part will be a presentation of papers by faculty from Huntington University and Taylor University. A discussion moderated by Dr. Edwin Woodruff Tate, assistant professor of Bible and religion, will follow.

There is no admission charge, and the event is open to the public.

Paper presentations include

Dr. Paul Michelson, distinguished professor of history at Huntington University

“‘The Abolition of Man’ in Retrospect,” or “What We Can Learn from a Dinosaur”

Michelson’s paper will set forth the occasion, review “The Abolition of Man,” and comment on Lewis’ contributions.

Dr. Joe Ricke, professor of English at Taylor University

“‘The Abolition of Man’ and the Problem of WoMan: Sexuality, Gender, and ‘the Tao’ in C. S. Lewis”

Ricke’s paper will focus on “The Abolition of Man,” with a bridge to “That Hideous Strength.”

Dr. Jennifer Woodruff Tait, adjunct instructor at Huntington University

“You Will Have No More Dreams – Have Children Instead,” or “What’s a Nice Egalitarian Girl Like You Doing in a Book Like This?”

Woodruff Tait’s paper will focus on “That Hideous Strength.”

C. S. Lewis was a leading 20th century writer and scholar. Lewis is known for his work in medieval literature, Christian apologetics, literary criticism and fiction. He is celebrated for his series “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Lewis died 45 years ago in 1963.

For more information about the commemoration event, contact Dr. Paul Michelson at (260) 359-4242.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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