C.S. Lewis
& Inklings

20th Annual C.S. Lewis & Inklings Conference

April 6-8, 2017

Faculty & Independent Scholars: $125 / Students: $100

Register to Attend

Keynote Speakers

Philip and Carol Zaleski

Featured Artist

Tom Key

Conference Overview

Philip and Carol Zaleski, authors of The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, along with many other books and articles, will be the keynote speakers at this event.

Philip Zaleski’s writings, regularly published in The New York Times, Parabola, First Things, and Reader’s Digest, focus on prayer and the practice of spiritual life. He is the author of The Recollected Heart and Gifts of the Spirit: Living the Wisdom of the Great Religious Traditions. He is also the editor of The Best Spiritual Writing series, a senior editor at Parabola magazine, and a research associate of religion at Smith College.

Carol Zaleski also teaches at Smith College and has authored many books such as The Life of the World to Come, as well as articles for Christian Century, The New York Times, First Things, America, Second Spring, Nova et Vetera, Communio, Parabola, The Journal of Religion, and The Journal of the History of Ideas.

Together they have written several books in addition to The Fellowship (Prayer: A History, The Book of Heaven, and The Book of Hell) and have traveled the country speaking and lecturing on the Inklings, religion, and culture.

Tom Key will also be performing his one-man show on C. S. Lewis at the conference!

Tom Key is the Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit, one of Atlanta’s major performing arts institutions. Key has performed in over 100 productions ranging from off Broadway to Los Angeles and has become one of Atlanta’s top actors, appearing in theaters across the city. His solo dramatization, C.S. Lewis on Stage, has brought him to venues across the U.S., including Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Yale and Harvard Universities, and Oxford University. Key has performed this one-man show hundreds of times since 1978 and has been enthusiastically supported by figures like Douglas Gresham (Lewis’s stepson), Owen Barfield, and George Sayer (both fellow Inklings). He has also co-authored and starred in the hit musical Cotton Patch Gospel, has directed several award-winning productions, and has received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities, the Georgia Arts and Entertainment Legacy Award, two Dramalogue Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Theater, and two Mayoral proclamations for his service to the city of Atlanta.

Call for Papers

Papers related to the works of C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, George MacDonald, and Dorothy L. Sayers are welcome. There will be a competition for the best undergraduate, graduate, and best faculty/scholar paper presented at this conference. Monetary awards will be given as determined by a committee of three jurors from the executive board members of the CSLIS. To be eligible, the presenter must be a member of the CSLIS and present the paper at the conference. Membership forms can be downloaded.

Travel Information

Airport Information

Tulsa International Airport is about 15 miles (30 minutes) away from Oral Roberts University.


Oral Roberts University has secured rooms for conference attendees at The Crowne Plaza for a discounted price ($84 per night). If you would like to add a buffet breakfast the cost will be an additional $10.00 per night. These rooms cannot be reserved online. In order to reserve a room for the conference at the discounted conference rate you must call the hotel at 918-492-5000. Also, you must mention that you are here for the ORU conference and mention code C. S Lewis & Inklings Conference.

Shuttle service:

The Crowne Plaza does provides a shuttle to and from the airport if it is available at the time you need it.

If you do not wish to stay at the Crowne Plaza, there are several other hotels nearby. However, there is no conference discount at these locations.


The main lobby of the CityPlex towers offers several dining options, including Hava Java coffee shop with a variety of Starbucks drinks, smoothies, and baked goods, 81st Street Bistro (offering sandwiches, salads, and soups), and Pizza Hut. However, there are many more dining options in the area. Click here for more information.

April 6-8, 2017

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

20th Annual Society Conference

Submission Requirements

  • Submit by February 15, 2017
  • E-mail full papers or one-page abstract to Dr. Mark Hall at mhall@oru.edu
  • 8-10 pages, double spaced, 12 point font

Register to Attend

C. S. Lewis and Inklings 20th Annual Conference Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Global Learning Center
Special Presentations
Portrait of J. R. R. Tolkien, Taylor Hoffer, Student Artist
Sculpture of Aslan, Dan Williams, ORU Theater Professor

Global Learning Center

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Global Learning Center
Readers Theater: Shadowlands
Performed by ORU Theater
Courtneay Sanders, Director, ORU Theater Professor

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Global Learning Center Tour
Special VR Presentation of Boxen
Nathan Opp, ORU Art Professor

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Registration, CityPlex, 21st Floor

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Breakfast, CityPlex Atrium, 1st Floor

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome, CityPlex Atrium, 1st Floor
Dr. Mark R. Hall, Dean, College of Arts and Cultural Studies

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

CityPlex, 21st Floor, Room A
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams
Excerpts read by Philip and Carol Zaleski

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Break/Refreshments—21st Floor Common Area

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

All sessions on Friday will be held in the CityPlex, 21st Floor

Session A—Room A
Reading Through the Eyes of C. S. Lewis

Moderator: Barbara Law, Oral Roberts University

“C. S. Lewis: A Model for Reading”
Martin Batts, LeTourneau University

“The ‘Narnian’ Virtues of the Good Reader”
Mark Pike, University of Leeds

“The Imaginative Art of Facing: A Response to C. S. Lewis’s Criticism of Fanny Price”
Barbara Castle, Oral Roberts University

Session B—Room B
C. S. Lewis, Aliens, and the Divine (Undergraduate)

Moderator: Carlos Chalé, Oral Roberts University

“The Troubling Mentality of the Queue: What Can Be Learned from C. S. Lewis’ Depiction of the After-Life in The Great Divorce?”
Adam T. Heavin, Oral Roberts University

“Supposals of the Divine: Hidden Speculation and Symbolism in The Space Trilogy
Connor McGraw, Oral Roberts University

“What Aliens Look Like: Extraterrestrial Creatures in C. S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra
Michael Williams, Oral Roberts University

Session C—Room C
Beyond the Stories: Linguistic, Theological, and Educational Examination (Undergraduate)

Moderator: David Farnsworth, Oral Roberts University

“Silent Planets Speak Louder Than Words: ‘Old Solar’ and its Utilization in Demonstrating a Christian Worldview”
Michael Limentato, Oral Roberts University

“Echoes Through Eons: Prophetic Parallelism in C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra
Eli Stone, Oral Roberts University

“The Magic of the Imagination: C. S. Lewis’s Stance on the Importance of Fairy Stories in Childhood Development”
Tori Taylor, Oral Roberts University

Session D—Room D
C. S. Lewis and the Authors Who Influenced Him (Undergraduate)

Moderator: William Epperson, Oral Roberts University

“When Great Minds Think Alike: How C. S. Lewis and George MacDonald Cross Paths”
Victoria Daniels, Oral Roberts University

Till We Have Faces and The Faerie Queene: Mythology Transformed into a Real Spiritual Event”
Elise Seldenrust, Oral Roberts University

“Influences and Ideas: Friendship between C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien”
Elizabeth Willsea, Oral Roberts University

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Special Presentations

Session A—Room A
“Teaching C. S. Lewis in the College Classroom”
Moderator, William Epperson; Panelists: Keith Gogan, Barbara Law, and Laura Krohn

Session B—Room B
“From the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society Archives: A Treasure Trove of Essays and Memoirs”
Roger White, Azusa Pacific University

“Lindskoog vs. Hooper: ‘Christian Reunion’”
Joe Christopher, Tarleton State University

Session C—Room C
“Constructing C. S. Lewis’s Boxen in Virtual Reality”
Nathan Opp, Oral Roberts University

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch, CityPlex Atrium, 1st Floor

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Session A—Room A
C. S. Lewis and Theology

Moderator: Jeffrey Lamp, Oral Roberts University

“The Liberal Arts and Lewis’s Theological Anthropology”
Lee Webb, Oklahoma City University

“Angling Toward the Anglican Trinity: C. S. Lewis’s Triune God and His Implications for Friendship and Love”
Harvey Solganick, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“C. S. Lewis in Dialogue with Biblical Hermeneutics”
Craig Davidson, Dallas Theological Seminary

Session B—Room B
C. S. Lewis’s View of Music and Spiritual Things

Moderator: Jim Shelton, Oral Roberts University

“The ‘Musical Illiterate’: C. S. Lewis’s View of Worship Through Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs”
Rachel Hall, Oral Roberts University

“C. S. Lewis’s View of Glossolalia: The Holy Spirit as a Bridge Between the Natural and Supernatural”
Mark Hall, Oral Roberts University

“C. S. Lewis Said It Best: ‘It is never 10:30 to God.’”
Joann Allen, Oral Roberts University

Session C—Room C
C. S. Lewis and Science (Undergraduate)

Moderator: Felipe Ornelas, Oral Roberts University

“The Head of Tomorrow: C. S. Lewis’s Use of Imagination in That Hideous Strength and How it May Become Reality”
Nate Frailey, Oral Roberts University

“Interstellar Exploration: Evaluating the Legitimacy of C. S. Lewis’s Imaginary Space Travels”
Emily Garvie, Oral Roberts University

“Reading Light: An Examination of the Eldil from C. S. Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet through the Lens of Quantum Mechanics and Christianity”
Austin Sweet, Oral Roberts University

Session D—Room D
C. S. Lewis and the Planets (Undergraduate)

Moderator: Solomon Hailu, Oral Roberts University

“A Softly Scientific Welcome to Mars: A Look At Lewis’s Choice to Use Soft Science Fiction as a Tool to Point Readers to Christ”
Allie Betts, Oral Roberts University

“Science Versus the Imagination: How the Atmosphere of Mars Differs from the Atmosphere of Malacandra”
David Meddaugh, Oral Roberts University

“Greeting the Unknown: C. S. Lewis and His Discretion on Interplanetary Navigation”
Matthew Samuelson, Oral Roberts University

1:30p.m. – 2:45p.m.

Break/Refreshments—21st Floor, Common Area

2:45p.m. – 3:00p.m.

Session A—Room A
Details and Techniques in the Works of C. S. Lewis

Moderator: Paul Vickery, Oral Roberts University

“Thirteen Things to Look for in The Silver Chair and Why They Matter”
Devin Brown, Asbury University

The Dark Tower and the Shadowy Cave: Allegorical Doubles”
David Rozema, University of Nebraska at Kearney

“This Side of the Stable Door: The Failure of The Last Battle
Benita Muth, Middle Georgia State University

Session B—Room B
C. S. Lewis and Cultural Issues (Undergraduate)

Moderator: Andrew Lang, Oral Roberts University

“C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength: Modern Fairytale or Marriage Counseling?”
Jessica Collier, Oral Roberts University

“Masculinity Against Femininity?: Lewis’s View of Gender as Seen in Perelandra in Relation to Its Cultural Setting”
Kayleigh Phillips, Oral Roberts University

“Science Gone Wrong: C. S. Lewis's Rebuttal of H. G. Wells’s Social Darwinism”
John Voth, Oral Roberts University

Session C—Room C
C. S. Lewis and Authors of Previous Centuries (Undergraduate)

Moderator: William Lyons, Oral Roberts University

“Divine Instinct: A Reconciliation of Lewis’s Moral Law to Hobbes’s Social Contract”
Brian Bond, Oral Roberts University

“Lost and Found: Miltonic Inspiration in C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra
Emily Knight, Oral Roberts University

“Plato’s Bent Republic: Similarities in C. S. Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet and Plato’s Republic
Abby Zellmer, Oral Roberts University

Session D—Room D
C. S. Lewis and the Fall (Undergraduate)

Moderator: Kenneth Weed, Oral Roberts University

“The Fallen Savior: Lewis’s Emphasis on the Sinful Nature of Humanity”
Shelby Hood, Oral Roberts University

“The Fall Averted: The Defeat of Evil in C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra and The Magician’s Nephew
Anna Pearson, Oral Roberts University

“The Original Intention of Earth: How Lewis’s Malacandra Reveals the Purpose of Humanity”
Jordan Reutter, Oral Roberts University

3:00p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Session A—Room A
C. S. Lewis’s Letters and Manuscripts

Moderator: Mark Hall, Oral Roberts University

“The Unpublished Letters of C. S. Lewis to Charles Talbut Onions”
Jim Stockton, Boise State University

“Challenges in Transcribing C. S. Lewis: Are We Getting It Right?”
Charlie Starr, Independent Scholar

Session B—Room B
The Inklings and Their Connections to Other Authors (Undergraduate)

Moderator: Martin Batts, LeTourneau University

“From Babel to Newspeak: Totalitarianism and Language in That Hideous Strength and Nineteen Eighty-Four
Alyssa Edwards, Oral Roberts University

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Influences and Parallels from Narnia and Middle Earth”
Alyssa LaCourse, Oral Roberts University

“The Problem of Pride: Representations in H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds and C. S. Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet
Chase Ophus, Oral Roberts University

Session C—Room C
Myths, Fairytales, and Christianity (Undergraduate)

Moderator: Gary Pranger, Oral Roberts University

“The Value of Fictional Literature for the Christian: Fairy Stories and the Child-like”
Lauren Dunlap, Oral Roberts University

“Hobbits and the Nature of Hospitality: Connecting Readers to the Mythical World”
Jessie Cooper, Oral Roberts University

“Planets of Play Things: Skepticism of the Gods”
Adam Frankamp, Oral Roberts University

Session D—Room D
On the “Other Inklings” and Friends

Moderator: Salwa Khoddam, Oklahoma City University

“Making of an Inkling as Portrayed in English People by Owen Barfield”
Phillip Fitzsimmons, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

“Delighting in Doctrine: Building on Dorothy L. Sayers for Evangelical Doctrinal Renewal”
Andrew Spencer, Oklahoma Baptist University

“Barfieldiana: Owen Barfield and the Matter of Britain”
Sørina Higgins, Baylor University

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Banquet – Global Learning Center, Room 102
Special Presentation: “Dining with an Artist,” Taylor Hoffer, ORU Student
Awards Presentation (Writing Competition Winners)

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Global Learning Center, Auditorium
Keynote Speakers: Philip and Carol Zaleski
“The Recovered Image: How Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings Renewed Christian Culture”

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Global Learning Center, Auditorium
Featured Artist: Tom Key
C. S. Lewis on Stage

7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Global Learning Center Tour
Special VR Presentation of Boxen
Nathan Opp, ORU Studio Art Professor

8:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Breakfast, CityPlex Atrium, 1st Floor

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Business Meeting, CityPlex Atrium, 1st Floor

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

CityPlex, 21st Floor
Session A – Room A
C. S. Lewis’s View on Science and Theology

Moderator: Joe Christopher, Tarleton State University

“The (Non)Convergence between Science and Religion: C. S. Lewis and J. B. S. Haldane”
Salwa Khoddam, Oklahoma City University

“Lewis, Science, Religion, and Aliens”
Andrew Lang, Oral Roberts University

“The Psychology of Hell: Privation, Exclusion and Banishment as Symbols of Hell in C. S. Lewis (with Primary Sources in The Problem of Pain and Surprised by Joy)”
Reggie Weems, Independent Scholar

Session B – Room B
Worldview, Culture, and the Inklings

Moderator: David Rozema, University of Nebraska at Kearney

“Acts of Christian Sabotage: C. S. Lewis as a Guide Through a Post-Christian Wasteland”
Michael Muth, Middle Georgia State University

“Absolution in My Songs: The Quest for Beauty in the Great War Writings of C. S. Lewis and Tolkien”
Jennifer Raimundo, Signum University

“Hospitality: A Remedy for Xenophobia in the Works of Lewis and Tolkien”
Jonathan Shotts, Dallas Theological Seminary

Session C – Room C
All Things Tolkien

Moderator: Mark Hall, Oral Roberts University

“On J. R. R. Tolkien’s Linguistic Foundation: A Contribution to the Art of World-Building”
Kylee Pastore, Dallas Theological Seminary

“‘An Encouraging Thought’: The Christian World View of Middle Earth”
Donald T. Williams, Toccoa Falls College

“Tolkien’s Take on Anglo-Saxon: Identifying and Examining ‘A-S’ Influences on J. R. R. Tolkien and His Writings“
Kathryne Hall, Oral Roberts University

Session D-Room D
Language and Characters in the Lord of the Rings

Moderator: Linda Gray, Oral Roberts University

“Inside Language: A Discussion on the Invention of Tolkien’s Imaginary Languages”
Kaitlyn Gustin, Oral Roberts University

“Sauron as the Evil Protagonist: An Anti-Allegorical Examination of the Lord of the Rings Through the Eyes of J. R. R. Tolkien”
Jacob Brallier, Oral Roberts University

“The Great Eagles of Middle Earth: Messengers, Protectors, and Providence”
Megan Unruh, Oral Roberts University

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Inklings Panel
The Future of Inklings Scholarship and Publication Opportunities

Panelists: Philip and Carol Zaleski, Charlie Starr, Devin Brown

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.