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

"God Is Love, but Love Is Not God: C.S. Lewis's Theology of Love"

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.

Joseph Clair

Joseph Clair, PhD, William Penn Honors Program Director

"The Soul of Education: St. Augustine and the Lost Purpose of Learning"

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

A native Oregonian, Dr. Clair followed his educational pursuit all over the world and earned degrees in both England and the United States. He became the William Penn Honors Program director and assistant professor of religious studies at George Fox after receiving his doctorate from Princeton University. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College (Illinois) and a master’s degree from Cambridge, where he studied as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is the author of Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine (Oxford University Press, 2016) and On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning (Bloomsbury, 2017), along with numerous articles and essays on Christianity, culture and ethics.