2022 Honorary Thomas Howard Lecture
Dr. Bainard Cowan
‘From Perfect Plot to Vision of All Humankind: The Growth of Dostoevsky’s Poetic Imagination, 1866-1879’
University of Dallas Professor of Literature, Louise Cowan Chair
Community Center of Christ the King Catholic Church
8017 Preston Rd, Dallas 75225
Box lunch & refreshments with registration and donation: $30
About this event
Why do we say things are right and wrong? Is it merely a personal preference? Or are we recognizing something that is objectively real and true?
These questions formed the focus of Lewis’s work the Abolition of Man, which originated as a series of lectures given during the dark days of World War II.
Considered by some to be “the lynchpin for understanding all of Lewis’s work”, the Abolition of Man sets forth its arguments on purely philosophical grounds that many from all camps–including atheist philosopher John Gray—believe have as much, if not more, relevance today in our “post-truth” twenty-first century than when first published nearly 80 years ago.
Join Michael Ward as he presents on his most recent book, After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s Abolition of Man, through which he sheds light on this vital but challenging work, explaining both its general context and the particular circumstances in Lewis’s life that helped give rise to it, including his own front-line service in the trenches of the First World War.
About Michael Ward:
Hailed by N.T. Wright as the “foremost living Lewis scholar” and “a brilliant writer”, Michael Ward is the author and/or editor of 6 books including the best-selling and award-winning Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis and The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. He is a member of the Theology Faculty at the University of Oxford and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas. On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death, he unveiled a permanent national memorial to Lewis in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey and is the co-editor of a volume of commemorative essays marking the anniversary, entitled C.S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner. He presented the BBC television documentary, The Narnia Code, which was directed and produced by the BAFTA-winning filmmaker, Norman Stone and authored an accompanying book entitled The Narnia Code: C.S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens. He was resident Warden of The Kilns, Lewis’s Oxford home, from 1996 to 1999.
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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.
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AT HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
“Tolkien and the Function of Fantasy”
Lewis Tolkien Dinner 2020
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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Featured speaker: J.J. Sanford, Ph.D.
Provost, Prof. of Philosophy University of Dallas
Saturday, Jan. 18
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.