Talks

Keynote Address, “C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium,” Taylor University, Indiana, June, 2021.

Poetry Reading, “If (on the Autobahn to Dresden),” [spaces] Volume 14: Literary Journal of Trinity Western University, March 6, 2020.

“Battling the Darkness: Imagery of Mental Illness and Wellness in C.S. Lewis’s Writings.” Christianity & Literature Study Group (CLSG), ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English), The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 3, 2019.

The Call to Joy,” Walnut Grove Lutheran Church, Langley, B.C., February 10, 2019.

“The Language of Joy: C.S. Lewis’s Legacy as a Christian Communicator to Contemporary Culture.” Keynote Paper. C.S. Lewis and Kindred Spirits, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania, November 22, 2018.

Talkback for play, Tolkien, by Ron Reed, Pacific Theatre, Vancouver B.C., with Dr. Chris Morrissey, May 19, 2018.

“With a Gun or a Prayer? Paradoxical Warfare in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy.” Presented at “Spiritual Warfare in Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy,” a joint session of Inklings Institute of Canada with Christianity & Literature Study Group & ACCUTE, Congress, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 27, 2017.

Moderator/Presenter for “Mythology and Science: Intersections” discussion on C.S. Lewis’s essay, “The Funeral of a Great Myth.” Inklings Institute of Canada in partnership with SFU’s The Philosophers’ Café, TWU campus, March 8, 2017.

“Fairytale’s ‘Happily Ever After’? What C.S. Lewis thought about Sex, Love, and Human Identity.” The University of Ottawa, November 3, 2016.

“Fairytale’s ‘Happily Ever After’? What C.S. Lewis thought about Sex, Love, and Human Identity,” Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont, October 3, 2016.

“‘The Packed Reality of Heaven’: C.S. Lewis’s Imaginative Re-education of the Modern Pilgrim.” “Arts & the Inklings,” VERGE Conference 2016 (SAMC joint with Inklings Institute of Canada), Trinity Western University, September 30, 2016.

“‘Happily Ever After’ for the Twenty-First Century? Sex, Love, & Human Identity in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia.” Presented at “Rereading C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia for the 21st century,” a joint session of Inklings Institute of Canada with Christianity & Literature Study Group & ACCUTE, Congress, The University of Calgary, May 31, 2016.

“Identity Theft: Reading the Signs of the Times in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.Christianity & Literature Study Group, ACCUTE, Congress, The University of Ottawa, May 31, 2015.

“The Logic of George MacDonald” for “Tea Party for Alice in Wonderland’s 150th Birthday” with Drs. Chris Morrissey and Stephen Dunning, Inklings Institute event, TWU, October 15, 2015.

“Why the Inklings Matter Today” with Dr. Stephen Dunning, Inklings Institute event, TWU, September 2015.

“Adaptations of The Hobbit: Killing the book?” with Drs. Chris Morrissey, Ned Vankevich, and Stephen Dunning, Inklings Institute event, TWU, January 21, 2015.

“Dorothy L. Sayers—Her Life, Work, & Legacy,” TWU, November 20, 2014.

“St. George and Jack the Giant-Killer: As ‘Wise as Women Are’?” Plenary Paper. Magdalene College, Oxford. George MacDonald Society Conference: “Re-Imagining the Inklings: the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy,” August 15, 2014.           

“The Inklings and Psychoanalysis,” with Drs. Chuck MacKnee, Holly Nelson, Stephen Dunning, and MAIH student Mr. Nicolas Noble, Inklings Institute event, TWU, October 2, 2014.

“For the Glory of God and the Love of Man: Why the Inklings Matter Today.” Inklings Institute event, TWU, September 13, 2014.

“Notes from Westminster Abbey, November 22, 2013” for “C.S. Lewis’s Birthday Party,” Inklings Institute event, TWU, November 29, 2013.

“The Freud-Lewis Connection: Is Life Mere Sex Or is There ‘Joy Beyond the Walls of the World’?” City Stage New West, preview public lecture for Freud’s Last Session, New Westminster Public Library, New Westminster, B.C., January 14, 2014.

“C.S. Lewis and ‘What is Success? Ordinary People doing Ordinary Things as they follow Jesus.’” Walnut Grove Lutheran Church, Langley B.C., November 17, 2013. 

“Mythic Re-Enchantment: The Imaginative Geography of Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quartet.Symposium on Children’s Literature and Imaginative Geography Past, Present, and Future, The University of Ottawa, October 2012.

“Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of Gender Discourse in C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra.Perelandra Colloquium, Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, Oxford, U.K. June 26-27, 2009.

“The Gender Dance: C.S. Lewis’s Ironic Subversion Towards a Vision of Wholeness in Perelandra.Christianity & Literature Study Group, ACCUTE, Congress, at Carleton University, May 24, 2009.

“Recovering Femininity in C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces.” ACCUTE Conference, Christianity & Literature Study Group, The University of British Columbia, June 2008.

“A ‘Feminine’ Call to Christian Community: Rereading Gender Discourse in That Hideous Strength.” C.S. Lewis, the Inklings, & the Call to Christian Community. Azusa Pacific University. February 7-9, 2008.

“Imagining the Ultimate Kindred Spirit: The Feminist Theological Vision of L.M. Montgomery.” ACCUTE Conference, Christianity & Literature Study Group, The University of Saskatchewan, May 2007.

“Consolation in Un/certainty: The Sacred Spaces of Suffering in the Children’s Fantasy Literature of George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle.” Through a Glass Darkly: Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime. Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature. Trinity Western University, May 2007.

“The ‘Feminine’ Face of Heroism: Gender Discourse in Classic and 19th Century Fairy Tales.” ACCUTE Conference, Christianity & Literature Study Group, York University, Toronto, May 2006.

“Voices in the City: Practical Ethics Through Literature.” The Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics Conference, York University, Toronto, May 29, 2006.

“Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’: A Study in Ethical Literature.” Imaginative Education Research Group Conference, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. July 2005.

“George MacDonald’s Education into Mythic Wonder: A Recovery of the Transcendent.” ACCUTE Conference, Christianity & Literature Study Group, The University of Western Ontario, May 2005.

“Educating the ‘Feeling Intellect’: The Mythic Vision of George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and J.K. Rowling.” Reasons of the Heart: Myth, Meaning and Education. The University of Edinburgh, September 2004.

“Creating Space for Personal Meaning in Schooling.” With Harro Van Brummelen, Dean of School of Education, TWU, and Kimberly Franklin. Learning and the World We Want. Victoria, B.C., November 2003.

“Growing the Intelligent Heart: An Imaginative Education through Children’s Literature.” Imaginative Education Research Group Conference, Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, B.C. July 2003.

“Fostering Empathy Through Literature.” Education Without Borders: A Faculty Wide Symposium, 2002, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University.

“That ‘Unholy Laughter’: The Iconoclastic Affirmation of Faith in Anne of Green Gables.” L.M. Montgomery & Life Writing International Conference 2002, University of Prince Edward Island, June 20-23, 2002.

“The Foolish Weakness in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy: A Feminine Heroic. Art & Soul Conference 2001, Baylor, Texas, February 22-25, 2001.

“The Magnificat: The Child-Saviour in George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle.” Faith & Literature. Calvin College, 1996.

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