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LETU to Host Annual C.S. Lewis Conference March 21-23


LeTourneau University's School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Language and Literature will host its annual C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Conference Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23, on the university's main campus in Longview, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.

The first plenary session will be free and open to the public, featuring Dr. Ralph C. Wood, professor of theology and literature at Baylor University and an editor-at-large for the Christian Century magazine. This session is from 9 to 10:15 a.m., Friday, March 22, in the Memorial Student Center, third floor.

Wood teaches in both the Great Texts program and the Department of Religion. He a member of the editorial boards of the Flannery O'Connor Review as well as Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review (devoted to the work of George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers and Owen Barfield).

Wood has published several books including The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists; Contending for the Faith: The Church's Engagement with Culture; The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth; and Flannnor and the Christ-Haunted South.

"Fairytales in the Age of iPads: Inklings, Imagination, and Technology" is the theme for this year's C.S. Lewis conference, which is held in conjunction with the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society that upholds and promotes the advancement of scholarship, teaching, writing and other professional activities related to the life and works of C.S. Lewis and the Inklings.
The Inklings were a group of Christian men who met once a week to read and critique unpublished compositions. Author C.S. Lewis, known to most readers for his series of books about The Chronicles of Narnia, and J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, were members of the group. Tolkien read unpublished excerpts from The Hobbit during some of the Inklings' meetings.

The C. S. Lewis conference began in 1998 and has become an annual event attended by scholars, students and the general public who share an interest in Lewis and his literary associates. The C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society was created in Spring of 2004 and now sponsors the annual C.S. Lewis and Inklings Conference which hosts plenary speakers and features papers presented by various Inklings enthusiasts. Conferences have been held annually throughout south central Oklahoma and north Texas.

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