Lecture Series

2017-18 Lecture Events

Michael Ward

Michael Ward, PhD

"The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God: C.S. Lewis, Narnia, and the Planets"

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Bauman Auditorium

Michael Ward, PhD, is a senior research fellow at Blackfriars Hall in the University of Oxford and professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University in Texas. He is the author of the award-winning and bestselling Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (OUP, 2008), coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (CUP, 2010), and presenter of the BBC television documentary The Narnia Code (2009). He recently completed a critical edition of Lewis’s The Abolition of Man (Teller Books, 2017).

Ward served as chaplain of St. Peter’s College in the University of Oxford from 2009 to 2012; as chaplain of Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge from 2004 to 2007; and as warden of The Kilns, Lewis’s Oxford home, from 1996 to 1999. On the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death, Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, and edited an accompanying volume of essays, C.S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner (Wipf & Stock, 2016).

Ward studied English at Oxford, theology at Cambridge, and has a PhD in divinity from St. Andrews. His chief claim to fame, however, is that he handed a pair of X-ray spectacles to Agent 007 in the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough.

Jason Lepojäryi

Jason Lepojäryi, PhD

"Aslan’s Mother: C. S. Lewis’s Theological Blind Spot?"

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

Jason Lepojärvi, PhD, is a post-doctoral visiting scholar at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Born to a Canadian mother and a Finnish father, Lepojärvi studied theology and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. His master’s thesis focused on Pope John Paul II's theology of the body and of sexuality.

As a visiting DPhil candidate at Oriel College, Oxford, Lepojärvi served as president of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society in 2012–13. Prior to moving to Canada in 2016, Lepojärvi, his wife and their two daughters lived in Oxford, where he worked as a research fellow in theology at St Benet's Hall.

His doctoral thesis God Is Love but Love Is Not God: C. S. Lewis’s Theology of Love (2015) analyzed C. S. Lewis’s contribution to the debate on Christian love that preoccupied much of 20th century theology. His current work is a post-doctoral research project on the theology of love, titled Idolatry: Catholic and Protestant Perspectives.

2016-17 Lecture Events

Miles Hollingworth

Miles Hollingworth, PhD,  Writer and Philosopher

"On the True Version of An Event: Saint Augustine of Hippo's Conversion"

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

Miles Hollingworth is an independent writer and philosopher, living in Italy. He is well known for his work on Saint Augustine of Hippo. He is a past winner of the Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction from the Royal Society of Literature and the Elizabeth Longford Scholarship from the Society of Authors. In 2011 he was short listed for the Gladstone History Prize. His new book is  Ludwig Wittgenstein: An Intellectual Biography, to be published by Oxford University Press this fall.

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Peter Iver Kaufman

Peter Iver Kaufman, PhD, Professor, George Matthews and Virginia Brinkley Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies

"Leadership and the Humanities"

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

Kaufman is a professor at the University of Richmond in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill—History and Religious Studies Departments. He studies the political cultures of late antique, medieval and early modern Europe and North Africa. He currently holds the George Matthews & Virginia Brinkley Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies and teaches a wide range of leadership courses.

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John Inazu

John Inazu, Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion and Professor of Political Science, Washington University

“Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference”

Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Hoover 105

John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion and professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis.  He teaches criminal law, law and religion, and various First Amendment seminars. Inazu's scholarship focuses on the First Ammendment freedoms of speech, assembly and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory. He has written broadly for mainstream audiences in publications including  USA Today, CNN, The Hedgehog Review, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

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James K.A. Smith

James K.A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College

“You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit”

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Wood-Mar Hall 

James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society and the church.

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 Donald L. Drakeman

Donald L. Drakeman, PhD, Fellow in Health Management at the University of Cambridge; Adjunct Associate Professor in the Notre Dame Law School ***CANCELLED DUE TO REPERCUSSIONS FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW***

“Death sentence for the life sciences? The humanities and the future of medicine”

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
Hoover 105

Donald L. Drakeman is a fellow in health management at the University of Cambridge and a venture partner with Advent Venture Partners. He is the cofounder of two biotechnology companies that have created new treatments for cancer. His most recent work is entitled Why We Need the Humanities: Life Science, Law and the Common Good (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

He has also been a lecturer in politics at Princeton University, where he taught in the area of civil liberties, and has written extensively on church-state issues. He has served as a trustee of Drew University and the University of Charleston, and he is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Biology.

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Todd Breyfogle

Todd Breyfogle, PhD, Director of Seminars, Aspen Institute

“The Earthly City and the Ethics of Exchange: Augustine on the Spiritual Economy”

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. -  Video recording available on ITunes U

Breyfogle has served as a moderator of executive education programs for the Aspen Institute and has published and lectured widely on the great books, political philosophy, theology, literature, and liberal education. He has taught for such institutions as the Iliff School of Theology, the University of Tulsa, Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Dartmouth, Wesleyan and the University of Chicago. He currently chairs the board of the American Academy for Liberal Education and serves in the senate of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Breyfogle earned a bachelor’s degree at Colorado College (Phi Beta Kappa) in classics-history-politics. He attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he read ancient and modern history and patristic and modern theology. He earned a PhD at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought.

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