Tolkien & Lewis Celebration

September 19, 2015 @ 9:00 am4:00 pm

Tolkien and Lewis

Save the date for Aquinas College‘s Center for Faith & Culture’s inaugural “Tolkien and Lewis Celebration,” an all-day event on the work of the 20th century’s greatest Christian literary figures, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, on Saturday, September 19, 2015.


Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society and host of EWTN’s Apostle of Common Sense. Dale will speak on “Chesterton, Tolkien & Lewis.”

Joseph Pearce, prolific author and Director of the Aquinas College Center for Faith and Culture, will present on “Unlocking the Lord of the Rings.”

Kevin O’Brien, founder and director of the Theater of the Word Incorporated and host of EWTN’s Theater of the Word. Kevin will perform a one-man show as Tolkien, delivering Tolkien’s famous lecture “on fairy stories.”

Jonathan Thorndike is the Honors Program Director at Belmont University. He teaches interdisciplinary “Great Books” courses and taught an Inklings course at King’s College London for many summers. He was awarded the Presidential Faculty Achievement Award at Belmont in 2014. Thorndike has published two books and over 50 essays on Japanese and British literature. Dr. Thorndike will be presenting on “Peter Jackson and Tolkien: Creative Legacy or Hollywood Disgrace?”

Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and Professor of English at Asbury University where he teaches a class on Lewis and Tolkien. He has written nine books, including A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis and The Christian World of The Hobbit. Dr. Brown will be discussing C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.


Saturday, September 19

Time Speaker Topic
9:00 Registration
9:30 Dale Ahlquist “Chesterton, Tolkien & Lewis”
10:30 Jonathan Thorndike “Peter Jackson and Tolkien: Creative Legacy or Hollywood Disgrace?”
11:30 Tolkien & Lewis Essay Contest Winner TBD
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Devin Brown “C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity
2:00 Joseph Pearce “Unlocking the Lord of the Rings”
3:00 Aquinas Award for Fiction Winner TBD
3:15 Kevin O’Brien One-man show as J.R.R. Tolkien with “On Fairy-Stories”
4:00 Celebration Concludes
4:15 Vigil Mass for travelers This Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Jef Murray who passed away on August 3. Jef, a talented artist, was scheduled to deliver at the Celebration on the topic “The Artist in Middle-Earth and Narnia.”

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