C. S. Lewis and 1940s Oxford: Things We Forget to Remember

Date(s) - 09/17/18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheaton College Wade Center

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Wheaton College

C. S. Lewis and 1940s Oxford: Things We Forget to Remember

Wheaton College

September 17, 7PM

The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College will present a talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018 by Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick on C. S. Lewis and 1940s Oxford

Collective memories, like personal memories, can be selective.  C. S. Lewis is considered a hero of the faith by many in the Christian community.  He wrote book after book aimed at the popular Christian market and found international fame for his insights into human nature and flare for a turn of phrase.  From our current vantage point, we often forget that there were many things about his life that would strike us today as quite remarkable.  Imagine hardly ever doing your own grocery shopping or cleaning or cooking, for example: wouldn’t we all get a lot more done?  Perhaps there was more to Lewis’s prodigious output than raw talent.  This lecture will consider some aspects about Lewis and the culture of Oxbridge from the 1920s through the 1950s that our collective memory has ceased to recall.

Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick is an historian of religion in the modern era, with a special interest in the intellectual and print cultures of British and American Christianity.  She also investigates the ways in which technology and globalization are shaping religious experience in the twenty-first century.  She did her Ph.D. in History at the University of Stirling (Scotland) and now lives in Los Angeles, California.

The lecture will be held in the Marion E. Wade Center’s Bakke Auditorium and is free and open to the public. The Wade Center is located on the northwest corner of Wheaton College’s campus on the corner of Washington St. and Lincoln Ave. in Wheaton. For more information, contact the Wade Center at 630.752.5908 or wade@wheaton.edu.