History of The C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society
The C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society was created in Spring of 2004
and now sponsors the annual C.S. Lewis and Inklings Conference.
Based out of Oklahoma City at Oklahoma City University, the Society
hosts plenary speakers and features papers presented by various
Inklings enthusiasts and is open to faculty, independent scholars,
and students. The first annual C.S. Lewis and Inklings Conference
was first held in 1998, and then in 2003 took place at Oklahoma
City University and has grown each year to appeal to its attendants,
an increasing amount of college professors, students, and public
in general. The conference has also been held at Oral Roberts University
(1999), the University of Central Oklahoma (2000), Amarillo College
(2002), and LeTourneau University (2004).
12th Annual Conference
The C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society
March 26-28, 2009
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Amphion Men's Ensemble, Western Michigan University
Charles Huttar, Curtis Gruenler, and Peter Schakel
Jason Blakeburn and Jonathan Himes
Spring 2006 Conference at John Brown University, March 3-4
Spring 2005 Conference at Oral Roberts University, April 1-2
Highlights of the eighth Annual Conference
This year’s conference at Oral Roberts University, April 1-2, 2005, was a great opportunity to convene with scholars and students of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, other Inklings, and their influences. The campus at ORU was welcoming and had fine facilities for the various sessions, meals, and keynote speeches.
The undergraduate student papers at various sessions were impressive. There was a good diversity of topics ranging from “Science, Truth and Imagination” to “George MacDonald” to Middle-earth and Narnian themes, just to name a few.
There was excellent participation by the officers of the Society (all presented papers), and faculty presentations were most insightful. Next year’s conference will be at John Brown University in Sloan Springs, Arkansas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dr. Ralph Wood of Baylor University pointed out in his keynote speech several ways in which Tolkien speaks to our post-modern culture. After the final session of excellent papers, Christopher Mitchell of Wheaton College concluded the conference with his address on “Wellness and the Art of Reading,” which sparked many comments and questions on monitoring (or censoring) books at home as well as at school. “Model a passion for books,” Mitchell exhorted us, in our teaching, scholarship, and in reading aloud to children.
Dr. Mark Hall, President of the 2005-2006 CSLIS, did a tremendous job of organizing the conference and making sure everyone felt welcome and comfortable.
Spring 2004 Conference at LeTourneau University, April 1-2
Dr. Joe Christopher, CSLIS Treasurer 2004-05; Dr. Salwa Khoddam,
CSLIS President 2004-05;
Dr. Faridoun Farrokh, participant, Texas A&M International University
2003 Conference at OCU
Oklahoma City University, the host school and home base of The C.S.
Lewis and Inklings Society, was chartered in 1904, and is known
as one of the nation's more respected educational institutions.
Known worldwide for its success in business and fine arts - primarily
dance - this private Methodist university is renowned for generating
well-educated, talented servant leaders.
The C.S. Lewis and Inklings Conference has featured a plethora of
talented, educated individuals.
Recently, the Conference received the insightful and award-winning
Dr. Rolland Hein. Dr. Hein is an emeritus English professor from
Whaton College in Illinois, and is also an ordained minister. He
is listed in Contemporary Authors, Who's Who in the Midwest,
Who's Who in Religion, and other respected listings. He has
been the recipient of numerous grants for research on George MacDonald
and Christian mythopoeia. He has written several books on George
McDonald, one of his influences, and on modern myth and fantasy
literature. His most recent book is Lilith: A Variorum Edition.
Another recent speaker at The C. S. Lewis and Inklings Conference
was Dr. Don King, an award-winning English professor from Montreat
College in North Carolina. He has been awarded repeatedly for his
exemplary teaching. He, too, has received grants and fellowships,
and has authored several books, book reviews, and articles. His
most recent book is C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of his Poetic