Events

Upcoming Events
Sample Past Speakers

Sample Past Events

Upcoming Events:

Bi-weekly Meetings Yearlong: C.S. Lewis Society Book and Film Club of the Bay Area (meetings are held bi-weekly to read and discuss books by C.S. Lewis and others; to attend or inquire with questions, please phone 510-635-6892 or email to info@lewissociety.org)

Sample Past Speakers:

  • Douglas Adams, Professor of Art and Religion, Graduate Theological Union
  • Paul D. Ashby, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California
  • Robert Beltz, former Special Assistant to the Chairman, Anschutz Corporation
  • Francis S. Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health; author, The Language of God
  • Dinesh D’Souza, author, What’s So Great about Christianity
  • Edward B. Davis, Professor of the History of Science, Messiah College
  • James A. Donahue, President, Graduate Theological Union
  • Dana Gioia, award-winning poet and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Laurence Harwood, OBE, godson of C.S. Lewis; author, C.S. Lewis, My Godfather: Letters, Photos, and Recollections
  • Stewart Heller, Director, Christian Institute for the Study of Media
  • John C. Lennox, Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford; Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, Templeton College
  • Max McLean, Founder and Artistic Director, Fellowship for the Performing Arts
  • David J. Randolph, Professor of Media Worship and Communications, Center for the Arts, Religion and Education, Graduate Theological Union
  • Michael Rhodes, award-winning filmmaker; President, Film Clips
  • Ken Wales, award-winning producer, Amazing Grace and other films
  • Michael Ward, Chaplain of St. Peters College, Oxford University; author, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis
  • N. T. Wright, Chair in New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Sample Past Events:

October 1 and 3, 2009: The Screwtape Letters, with a Post-show Conversation with Actor Max McLean and Director Jeffrey Fiske
Sponsored by the Fellowship for the Performing Arts in Association with the C.S. Lewis Society of California

August 7-9, 2009: "All Things Considered"
Sponsored by the New York C.S. Lewis Society, Commemorating its 40th Anniversary

June 25-27, 2009: International Colloquium on Perelandra with Second Premiere of Perelandra: The Opera
Sponsored by the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society

May 5, 2009: Science and Faith: The Vantage Point of One Neuroscientist
Sponsored by the Veritas Forum

March 17 - April 19, 2009: "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe"
William Newsome, Chairman and Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Stanford UniversitySponsored by Antic Disposition, London England

March 26-28, 2009: "Inklings: Dinosaurs or Contemporaries?"
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society

    Keynotes:
    Peter Schakel, Cook Professor of English, Hope College
    Devin Brown, Professor of English, Asbury College

December 7, 2008: "What's So Great About Christianity," with Dinesh D'Souza, sponsored by Grace Cathedral of San Francisco, co-sponsored by C.S. Lewis Society of California

Speakers:

  • Dinesh D'Souza, author of the bestselling book What's So Great About Christianity
  • Alan W. Jones, Dean, Grace Cathedral

October 16, 2008: "A Good God? A Dialogue About the Problems of Suffering and Evil" Debate/Discussion with N.T. Wright and Bart Ehrman, sponsored by Socrates in San Francisco

July 4-6, 2008: "Charles Williams and His Contemporaries," sponsored by the Charles Williams Society

The conference aims at setting the life and work of Charles Williams (1886-1945) in its context. Of particular interest, of course, will be papers (4,000-6,000 words) on Williams himself and papers which deal with the lives and work of those who knew him in London and/or Oxford, and arguably influenced him or were influenced by him (e.g. Coventry Patmore, A. E. Waite, Alice Meynell, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L, Sayers, Evelyn Underhill, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Robert Graves, John Heath-Stubbs). However, papers need not be confined to these areas and submissions on a variety of aspects of the period will be welcomed. They may cover literary, theological, historical, or biographical ground.

June 20-22, 2008: LionCon: A Narnian Convention, sponsored by Narniaweb.com, Narniafans.com, and TheLionsCall.com

May 29-June 1, 2008: Sixth Frances Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends, sponsored by Taylor University

May 22, 2008: "The Role of Art in Human Community," sponsored by Socrates in San Francisco and co-sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Society of California

Speaker:

    Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, Recipient of the American Book Award, Recipient of the Poet's Prize, Finalist for the National Book Critics Award

May 17, 2008: Lunch and Private Screening of the New Film Based on C. S. Lewis’s Beloved Book, Prince Caspian, sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Society of California

Program:

    Presentation by Dr. Michael Ward
    Chaplain of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
    Author of the widely acclaimed book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008)

    Private screening of the film, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media)

    Lunch with Dr. Michael Ward

March 12, 2008: "God, Nature, and Modern Science," sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Society of California

Featuring two top scholars, this very timely program examined the relationship between science and faith and offer thoughtful insights and discussion of such issues as origins, design, free will, evolution, materialism, transcendence, and more.

Speakers:

    Paul D. Ashby
    Staff Scientist, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Former Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry), Harvard University

    Edward B. Davis
    Professor of the History of Science, Messiah College
    Director, Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science
    Ph.D (History and Philosophy of Science), Indiana University

January 9, 2008: "An Evening with Dr. Francis Collins," sponsored by Socrates in the City (San Francisco) and the C.S. Lewis Society of California

January 25-27, 2008: "C.S. Lewis Conference," sponsored by Hope Lutheran Church

January 15, 2007: "Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Dorothy Sayers," sponsored by Dorothy Sayers Society

December 17, 2007: "Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Dorothy Sayers," sponsored by Dorothy Sayers Society

October 26-27, 2007: "C.S. Lewis: Man and His Work: A 21st Century Legacy," sponsored by L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture

October 5-6, 2007: "The Crisis of the University: Freedom, Tolerance and the Pursuit of Truth,” sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation

August 3-6, 2007: The 38th Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon XXXVIII), "Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery," sponsored by the Mythopoeic Society

June 28-July 1, 2007: C.S. Lewis Summer Conference: "Finding the Way: C.S. Lewis as Pilgrim Guide in an Age of Pluralism," sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation

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June 16, 2007: "Opposition Is True Friendship: Love, Friendship and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis's World," sponsored by the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society

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June 14-16, 2007: The 26th Annual Chesterton Conference: "The Man Who Was Today," sponsored by the American Chesterton Society

June 13-17, 2007: Dorothy L. Sayers Society Annual Convention, sponsored by the Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College

The Dorothy Sayers Society (DLS) will hold its second Wheaton convention, ten years after the first. The program will include numerous speaker. the annual DLS/Barbara Reynolds birthday with a banquet on the first night, performance of Gaudy Night, and more

Speakers:

    Joe R. Christopher, Professor of English, Tarleton State University
    Stephan P. Clarke, compiled and editor, The Lord Peter Wimsey Companion
    Christopher Dean, editor, Studies in Sayers
    Seona Ford
    Frances Limoncelli, adapter, Strong Poison and Gaudy Night
    Marjorie L. Mead, Associate Director, Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College
    Christopher W. Mitchell, Director, Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College
    Susan Peters
    Jasmine Simeone, Secretary, Dorothy Sayers Society
    Maggie Goodman, director, The Man Born to Be King

May 21, 2007: "Evangelicals and Roman Catholics: Christian Unity via C.S. Lewis?", sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Society of Frederick (MD)

Speaker:

    Kevin Offner, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Ph.D. candidate at The Catholic University of America

May 5, 2007: Southeast Regional C.S. Lewis Conference: "Faith Set Free: C.S. Lewis and the Quest for Joy," sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation

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March 23-24, 2007: "The Inklings and the Spiritual Journey," sponsored by the C.S. Lewis & Inklings Society

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February 9, 2007: "An Evening With G.K. Chesterton," dinner and performance sponsored by the St. Anthony of Padua Institute

The Historian-Actor and Fulbright Lecturer Dr. John Chuck Chalberg performs as G.K. Chesterton in journeying all the way from England to offer his own unique views on everything from the virtues of things small, whether they be families or pubs, to the evils of things large, whether they be imperialist schemes or socialist states. A man of paradox and humor, he will surprise you, confound you, and provoke you. This is the Englishman who so profoundly influenced the thinking and beliefs of his fellow countryman C.S. Lewis. What might he have in store for you?

January 17 - February 11, 2007: "C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce," sponsored by Eastern Gate Entertainment and Magis Theatre Company

Lewis's great novel, The Great Divorce, is adapted and brought to the stage by director/writer George Drance. This 1946 novel takes us to an unfamiliar world where conscience is magnified and faults personified: A whispering lizard torments his keeper. A talking waterfall reaches out to a misguided opportunist. A melodramatic giant steals the voice of a husband reunited with his wife. A magical stallion appears just when all seems lost. With original music by critically-acclaimed composer Elizabeth Swados and puppets by the renowned master Ralph Lee, Magis will take you on a wild ride from Hell to Heaven that will change your view of life on Earth.

January 13 - February 4, 2007: "Shadowlands," sponsored by LifeHouse Theater

The acclaimed William Nicholson drama based on the life of Narnia author C.S. Lewis appears for the first time on the LifeHouse Theater stage. This riveting story of Lewis’s personal life chronicles his discovery of true love and the testing of his faith when tragedy strikes. The basis of the hit movie starring Anthony Hopkins, Shadowlands, is an award-winning drama that inspires audiences.

November 16-18, 2006: Apologetics Conference -- "Loving God With All Your Mind," sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Institute

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August 21-25, 2006: The Oxford Tolkien Conference: The Lord of the Rings: Sources of Inspiration

Speakers:

    Marcel Bülles, Founding Chairman, German Tolkien Society
    Stratford Caldecott, European Director, G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture
    Patrick Curry, author, Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien, Myth and Modernity
    Michaël Devaux, President, French Tolkien Society
    Verlyn Flieger, Professor of English, University of Maryland
    John Garth, author, Tolkien and the Great War
    Peter Gilliver, co-author, The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary
    Wayne G. Hammond, author, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography
    Robert Lazu, author, J.R.R. Tolkien: Faith and Imagination
    Jeremy Marshall, former President, Oxford C. S. Lewis Society
    Alison Milbank, Lecturer in Literature and Theology, University of Nottingham
    Marek Oziewicz, author, The Magical Spell of Narnia: Poetics and Philosophy in C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia
    Christina Scull, co-author, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator
    Guglielmo Spirito, Italian Tolkien Society; Vice-Dean, Theological Institute of Assisi
    Edmund Weiner, Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford University

July 24-28, 2006: “Baptized Imaginations, Transformed Minds, Surrendered Hearts: The Philosophy and Theology of The Chronicles of Narnia

Speakers:

    Janice Daurio, Professor of Philosophy, Moorpark College
    Paul Ford, Professor of Systematic Theology and Liturgy, St. John’s Seminary
    Fr. Aelred Niespolo, St. Andrew’s Abbey

July 15, 2006: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Envisioning Christian Concepts from the Novel (in the 2005 Film Version): Sponsored by New College Berkeley

Speaker:

    Margaret McBride Horwitz, Visiting Professor of Christianity and Literature, New College Berkeley

May 17, 2006: C.S. Lewis Communicator of the Year Award Presentation and Reception Honoring Philip F. Anschutz

Speakers:

    Douglas Adams, Professor of Art and Religion, Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Berkeley
    Philip F. Anschutz, Chairman, Anschutz Corporation
    James A. Donahue, President, Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Berkeley
    Robert Beltz, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Anschutz Corporation
    Stewart Heller, Director, Christian Institute for the Study of Media
    David J. Randolph, Professor of Media Worship and Communications, Center for the Arts, Religion and Education, Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Berkeley
    David J. Theroux, President, C.S. Lewis Society of California; President, The Independent Institute
    Ken Wales, award-winning film producer
    Michael Rhodes, award-winning filmmaker; President, Film Clips


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