I have listed below all the speeches I will be giving in the 2015-16 academic year. But first I would like to highlight a few things:
Over the last four years I’ve had five books published: Literature: A Student’s Guide (Crossway); On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis (Moody); Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition (Wipf & Stock), C. S. Lewis: An Apologist for Education (Classical Academic Press), and From A to Z to Narnia with C. S. Lewis (Lampion Press).
In the Summer of 2014, I delivered a plenary address for a C. S. Lewis conference held in Oxford. My speech was on the Seven Virtues in the Chronicles of Narnia and was delivered from the same pulpit from which Lewis gave his Weight of Glory sermon. Click here to listen.
In the Spring of 2014, HBU’s acting troupe, the Rex Fleming Players, performed my adaptation of Euripides’s Helen. To view the 40 minute production, please click here.
CHANCE TO SIT IN ON ONE OF MY LECTURES FOR THE HONORS COLLEGE
The Honors College at Houston Baptist University (for which I’ve taught the Greco-Roman freshman curriculum for the last four years) has made an exciting change. We are now using an Oxford/Cambridge model in which I give nine 85 minute lectures per semester on literature-history-philosophy to supplement 4 hours per week of intense Socratic dialogue in classes of 15 students. I will be giving my lectures on Tuesdays from 4:50-6:15pm (for freshmen) and Thursdays from 4:50-6:15pm (for sophomores) We have chosen that late time to accommodate high schools (especially classical Christian academies) and homeschoolers who would like to sit in on one of my lectures. In the Fall, I will lecture on ancient Greece for the freshmen and the Middle Ages for the sophomores. My lectures will begin on the last week of August and stretch for nine weeks. If you would be interested in bringing students to HBU to attend one or more of my lectures, please email me back and I will send you a list of titles and descriptions of my lectures (nine for freshmen; nine for sophomores).
Speeches for the 2015-2016 Academic Year (written in past tense; some not completed yet):
On Wed/Thu, August 5-6, I delivered a four-part lecture series on the Life and Apologetics of C. S. Lewis for the Paideia Conference, sponsored by the Veritas Academy of Austin, TX.
On Mon, August 10, I delivered the Keynote address (on The Abolition of Man) for the inaugural faculty/staff Summit of Great Hearts Charter School, San Antonio, TX.
On Monday, September 14, I gave a guest lecture on Virtue and Vice in Narnia and Middle-earth for a class held by CIRCE: a homeschooling organization.
On Tuesdays, September 15 and 22, I gave a two part series, “Virtue and Vice in Narnia and Middle-earth,” for the Jung Center, Houston.
On Friday, September 18, I gave I lecture, “Desire for Eternity, Fear of the Unknown,” for the Crossroads Cultural Center in New York City
On Thursday, October 29 I gave a talk defining and defending Friendship for CRU (formally, Campus Crusade for Christ) on the campus of Ohio State University.
On Tuesday, November 10, I gave a lecture on the Christian view of the body and its relationship to health for The Institute for Spirituality and Health, Houston.
On the weekend of November 13-15, I delivered a three-part lecture series on various aspects of C. S. Lewis (Virtue in Narnia; Apologetics and the Tao; The Dangers of a Values-Free Education) for Heritage Classical Academy in Northeast Ohio.
On Wednesday, January 13, I gave a speech on C. S. Lewis’s Vision of Heaven for Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church in Naples, FL.