I have listed below all the speeches I will be giving in the Spring of 2014. But first I would like to highlight a few things:
Over the last two years I’ve had three 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). I’ve also published my first ebook: A to Z with C. S. Lewis. In the Spring of 2014, Academic Press will be publishing my new book, Giants in the History of Education: C. S. Lewis.
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 4:20-5:45pm. 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 Spring, I will lecture on ancient Roman history, aesthetic history from Homer to Virgil, Virgil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. My lectures will begin on Tuesday, Jan 21, and continue through Tuesday, March 25 (with no class on March 11, when HBU is on spring break). 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 each of my nine lectures.
A CLASS ON THE LORD OF THE RINGS
In the Fall, I taught a class on Lord of the Rings which was opened to members of the HBU community. I will not have the opportunity to do that in the spring (but see above for my honors lectures!); however, in the Fall of 2014, I will teach a class on the apologetics of C. S. Lewis that will once again be opened to the public. Like my Lord of the Rings class, it will meet on Mondays from 4-6:30pm.
A CLASS ON NARNIA AND MIDDLE-EARTH
On Wed, Feb 26, Mar 5, 19, 26, I will teach a 4-part class for The Rice School of Continuing Studies based on my book: On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis. If you would like to join the class, please register at this link.
My Spring 2014 Speeches
On Sunday, Jan 19, I will speak on Christianity and Education for the Geneva School, Boerne, TX.
On Saturday, Feb 1, I will give a talk for a Christianity & Arts Conference at Houston Baptist University.
On Thu, Feb 6, I will give a keynote speech on Christianity and the Arts for re:create, Franklin, TN.
On Wed, Feb 26, Mar 5, 19, 26, I will teach a 4-part class for The Rice School of Continuing Studies based on my book: On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis.
On the weekend of Feb 28-Mar 2, I will give a four-part series on C. S. Lewis, apologetics, and classical Christian education for Summit Christian Academy in Yorktown, VA.
On Tuesday, March 11, I will give three lectures on Christianity and education for the students, faculty, and wider community of Geneva Classical Academy, near Tampa, FL.
On Wednesday, March 12, I will speak for a dinner banquet at the Tarpon Springs (FL) Yacht Club sponsored by the National Hellenic Society. My topic: The Trial and Apology of Socrates.
On Sundays, March 9 and 15, I will give my tenth annual Colloquium on C. S. Lewis for Cypress Creek Christian Church in North Houston. My topic: The Road to Narnia and Middle-earth. The speeches are free and open to the public.
On Saturday, May 17, I will give the commencement address for the Geneva School, Boerne, TX.
On Thursday, May 29, I will give a talk on Virtue and Vice in the Chronicles of Narnia for First Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi, TX.
On Thu-Fri, June 26-27, I will give 2 plenary talks for the Society for Classical Learning Conference in Austin, TX: Dante’s Pre-Copernican Universe; Why Dante Chose Virgil as his Guide.
On Thursday, July 17, I will speak on Greco-Roman mythology for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. My speech will be part of the Artful Thursday program and is free and open to the public.
On Wed, July 23, I will deliver a plenary address for the Oxbridge Conference in Oxford, England (“Classical and Theological Virtues in the Chronicles of Narnia”). I will also offer two additional seminars on the Byronic Hero and the Dangers of a Values-Free Education.