I have listed below all the speeches I will be giving in the 2014-15 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 2014-2015 Academic Year (written in past tense; some not completed yet):
On Tuesday, August 5, I spoke on Virtue and Vice in Narnia and on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for Regents School of Austin (the largest classical Christian school in the country) Employee Retreat, Round Top Festival Institute, TX.
On Wednesdays, August 6 and 13, I gave two lectures for an apologetics conference held at the Praise Church in Beaumont, TX.
On Thursday, August 14, I gave two lectures on the Inklings and on Virtue in C. S. Lewis for the Soli Deo Gloria Conference at Covenant Classical Christian Academy in Houston.
On Wednesday, September 17, I gave a speech, “Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition,” for the Jung Center, Houston.
On Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, and 22, I taught a four-week class on The Universal Horror Films for The Rice School of Continuing Education.
On Tuesday, September 7, I gave a lecture on the Screwtape Letters on the campus of Houston Baptist University for the Crossroads Cultural Center of Houston.
On Friday, October 24, I dramatically retold the Odyssey for Carnegie Vanguard HS, Houston.
On Thursday, October 30, I gave a talk on the Apologetics of C. S. Lewis for CRU (formally, Campus Crusade for Christ) on the campus of Ohio State University.
On Thursday, November 13, I gave a guest lecture on The Byronic Hero for a class held by CIRCE: a homeschooling organization.
On Thursday, January 15, I gave two speeches (a faculty in-service on traditional rhythm and rhyme scheme; an evening forum on Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics) for Grace Classical Christian Academy of Georgetown, TX.
On Friday, January 15, I gave a speech (“Running for Freedom: Athenian Democracy and the Battle of Marathon”) for the Houston Marathon EXPO.
On Wednesdays, Feb 25, Mar 4, 18, 35, and April 1, I taught a five-week class on Virgil’s Aeneid for The Rice School of Continuing Education.
On Friday, Feb 27, I gave a talk on Atonement in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Houston.
On Fri/Sat, March 6-7, I gave a keynote address for the Apologetics Canada Conference in Abbotsford, BC.
On Wednesday, April 8, I gave a lecture on Beowulf and The Lord of the Rings for a multi-part, multi-professor series on the Vikings, The Rice School of Continuing Education.
On Sat, April 11, I gave a talk on Tolkien, Lewis, and the Inklings for the third annual Christianity & Arts Conference at Houston Baptist University.
On Tuesday, April 21, I gave a lecture on Dante’s Inferno on the campus of Houston Baptist University for the Crossroads Cultural Center of Houston. This event included a second lecture by Rod Dreher.
On Saturday, April 25, I gave a lecture on the Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic for the Friends of Archeology of Houston.
On May 9, I gave the commencement address for the Homewood Christian Assoc., Houston.
On Friday, May 22, I gave the commencement address for the Geneva School in Orlando, FL.
On Tuesday, May 26, I spoke for a dinner banquet/fundraiser in Tarpon Springs, FL, sponsored by the National Hellenic Society. My topic: The Legacy of Ancient Greece.
On Thu-Fri, June 18-19, I led two workshops on Tolkien & Lewis and on Virtue for the Annual Conference of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) in Dallas, TX.
On Sunday, June 28, I gave a speech on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church in Naples, FL.
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.