The 39th Annual Lewis Tolkien Lecture – ONLINE ONLY

A Note From Dr James Patrick

Dear Friend of the Lewis-Tolkien Society,

THIS IS AN ONLINE ONLY EVENT. Due to covid complications the 39th Lewis Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Holly Ordway by Zoom at 7:30  on the evening of November 14th.   If we have your email address you will be sent a Zoom link that will enable you to hear Dr. Ordway on Saturday evening.   Contributions already made will be returned this week.

For meeting updates or additional information please check the Lewis Tolkien Society website at You can access the Zoom meeting by clicking on the calendar icon to the right of the opening webpage, then click on the date, November 14th. This will take you directly into the Zoom conference. An email link will also be sent directly to anyone on the Lewis Tolkien Society mail list. Please send email to should you have any question.

Looking forward,
James Patrick  




“Tolkien and the Function of Fantasy”


Lewis Tolkien Dinner 2020


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John Henry Newman and the Battle Between Truth and Liberalism

Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund, M.A., S.T.L., S.T.D.

Saturday, September 12th, 2020, Noon, Central Time, via the Internet exclusively on Zoom

Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund is Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program and Professor of Philosophy, Theology and Pastoral Studies, Holy Apostles College and Seminary, located in Cromwell, Connecticut.  Dr Siegmund earned her B.A. in Philosophy at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia and her M.A. in Religious Studies at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia. After several years of teaching, she returned to graduate school, earning her Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Marriage and Family) at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Dallas and a summer immersed in further coursework at the Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok, Russia, she went to Italy for doctoral studies. Her Doctorate in Theology (Spirituality) is from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Urbe / Angelicum in Rome, Italy.  Dr. Siegmund teaches and has taught at several colleges and universities. She has also lectured, delivered scholarly papers at conferences across the nation, and she has published articles in both philosophy and theology. Dr. Siegmund is a member of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and the American Catholic Philosophical Association.  In addition to her many other credits Dr Sigmund has served as a Fellow of the Lewis Tolkien Society.

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Alasdair MacIntyre & Contemporary Ethics

Featured speaker:  J.J. Sanford, Ph.D.

Provost, Prof. of Philosophy University of Dallas

Saturday, Jan. 18
11:30 a.m.
Christ the King Community Center
8017 Preston Rd., Dallas



  • 11:30   Dr. James Patrick – Introductions, and notes on  early twentieth-century ethics
  • 11:40   Kim Rice – On “Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry”
  • Noon   Dr. Jonathan Sanford



Dr. Jonathan Sanford, after serving as dean of the University of Dallas’ undergraduate liberal arts college since 2015 was made provost in 2018. Before UD, he was associate vice president of academic affairs at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he also became founding director of the Franciscan University Press. His honors BA is in classical languages and philosophy from Xavier University; his doctorate in philosophy is from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York.  He is extensively published and citied on topics related to ethics, virtue theory, metaphysics, and the ancient and medieval philosophers such as Aristotle and Aquinas.

Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre, a Scottish philosopher, has contributed to moral and political philosophy, and also is known for his work in history of philosophy and theology. He began his career as a Marxist; in the late ‘50s he began work to develop a Marxist ethics to rationally justify the moral condemnation of Stalinism. The project led him to reject Marxism along with every other form of “modern liberal individualism” and to propose Aristotle’s ethics as a more effective way to renew moral agency and practical rationality through small-scale moral formation within communities. MacIntyre’s best known book is After Virtue (1981). After that came two books examining the role that traditions play in judgments about truth and falsity, Whose Justice? Which Rationality? (1988) and Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry (1990).  

Kim Rice recently earned a master of humanities with a concentration in literature from the University of Dallas. She has 25 years-plus in marketing and communications and currently is vice president of Visual Resource Group. She was a Distinguished Voices community writer for The Dallas Morning News, and is an alumna of the Junior League’s T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute. 

Educational Alternatives

A symposium on the problems of elementary and secondary public school education versus alternative modes of education that are more aligned to the reality of the human person.

Saturday, January 4th, 2020
12:00 Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Church of the Holy Cross
4052 Herschel Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

Featured presenters:

Barbara Rogers: Director of Admissions, Coram Deo Academy
Daniel Kerr: President, St. Martin’s Academy, Fort Scott KS
Jennifer Spurgin: Montessori Teacher, St. Francis Montessori in Irving
Margaret Jones: Teacher, Founders Classical Academy of Flower Mound

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2019 Lewis Tolkien Dinner

Lewis Tolkien Dinner 2019

Speaker: Louis Markos 
Dr. Louis Markos is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film. Dr. Markos holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and lectures on Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and Romanticism.

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The Annual John Henry Newman Lecture

Philosophy & the Modern World

Presented by Chad Engelland, Ph.D.,

Chairman of the Philosophy Department 
University of Dallas

Saturday, August 31, at Noon

Church of the Holy Cross,
4052 Herschel Ave in Dallas, 75219

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Dr. Engelland is 2019 Michael A. Haggar Fellow and Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Dallas. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where he earned the Ph.D. in philosophy (2006) and the M.A. in philosophy (2002), and of Xavier University, where he earned the B.A. in philosophy (1999).

When he was named the 2019 Michael A. Haggar Fellow, it was said of Dr. Engelland: “It would be difficult to find anyone at UD—indeed, anyone anywhere—who has accomplished more in the first five years of teaching, research, and service at an institution. The department and the University as a whole are blessed to have this person as a faculty member. Student buzz makes it clear that this professor is thoroughly practiced and skilled in adapting difficult subject matter to his students. He seems to have a knack for pulling his students into difficult ideas while appealing to both their ordinary experience and higher aspirations. He does an especially good job of blending a concern with contemporary thought together with the wisdom of the ancient, medieval and early modern classics.”

Before his appointment at UD in 2014, Dr. Engelland for nine years taught philosophy at Borromeo Seminary and John Carroll University in Cleveland. He takes a phenomenological approach to the history of philosophy and to systematic questions concerning mind, language, metaphysics, and the human person. 

Dr. Engelland has three books published, a fourth under contract, and is editing a volume of essays. He has more than a dozen articles in top-tier journals. In 2016 he published an accessible and engaging introduction to philosophy, entitled, The Way to Philosophy, which captures his classroom approach.

The Annual Thomas More Lecture

The Present Confusion

Presented by Prof. Joseph Wood, Institute of World Politics

Saturday, March 23, at Noon

Church of the Holy Cross,
4052 Herschel Ave in Dallas, 75219

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Professor Wood is a member of the faculty at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of national security and international affairs in Washington DC. His courses focus on classical moral and political thought, and the distinctions between ancient and modern thinking. His books on related topics include one on the political philosophy of Plato and Aristotle.

Professor Wood is a retired Air Force colonel whose career included operational and command fighter assignments (A-10 and F-15E); faculty duty at the Air Force Academy where he taught U.S. foreign and defense policy; and service at the Pentagon.  After leaving the Air Force, he worked with NASA, the Rand Corporation, and was a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. From 2005 until 2008 he was Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, responsible for all policy involving Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and defense issues.

Night At The Movies


The Lewis Tolkien Society & St. Mary the Virgin Present

Night at the Movies
 Saturday, February 16 at 6:30 PM

Hobson’s Choice

 St Mary the Virgin Catholic Church
1408 N. Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76012

A “Hobson’s Choice,” as any slang expert will tell you, is no choice at all. And this hilarious and classic 1954 comedy, which stars Charles Laughton and John Mills, is the definitive illustration of this kind of choice. Mills is the boot maker to domineering boot-shop owner Charles Laughton, who lords it over his employees and three daughters by day, then indulges his taste for whiskey at night. Laughton’s “old-maid” daughter Brenda DeBanzie breaks free of her father’s tyranny, marries Mills, and together with her new husband sets up a rival boot shop when Laughton refuses her a dowry. Father rants and raves, but finally agrees to a merger with his daughter that will assure Mills a large measure of freedom over managing things. The winner of the British Film Institute “Best Film” award of 1954, Hobson’s Choice chalked up another international success for director David Lean and actors Charles Laughton and John Mills.

 Doors open at 6:30. The movie (102 minutes) will start at 7:00.
We’ll have popcorn, chips, water, iced tea, soft drinks AND PIZZA!!

Directions to St Mary the Virgin Catholic Church
Take Interstate 30 West from Dallas or East from Ft Worth to the Cooper Street ExitStay in the right hand lane of the exit to the Cooper Street traffic lightAt the light turn right (south) and go one block on Cooper St to a traffic lightAt that light, turn right (west) onto Road to Six Flags to the next traffic lightAt this light turn left (south) onto Davis Dr for a few hundred feetThe Church will be on your rightTurn into the parking lot and the movie will be shown in the Parish Hall