Speeches by Lou Markos

See below for a list of all the various speeches I’ve given (for speeches I have given or will soon be giving during the current academic year, please see LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS).

But first, here are links to hear or see some of my past speeches:

Starting in the Fall of 2013, I began to give lectures for the HBU’s Honors college. To hear me give one such lecture on books I and VI of the Iliad, please click here.

To hear me give a speech (audio only) on G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy for Chesterton House at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), click here.

To hear me give an interview (audio only)  with KUHF (Houston’s classical radio station) on Iphigenia in Tauris (which I adapted into English), click here.

To view the 25 minute introduction that I gave to the performance at my university of Iphigenia in Tauris, in which I give the background of the play, discuss its unique features, and discuss the process I used in adapting the play, click here.

To see the performance itself (which lasts 65 minutes), click here.

To hear me give another audio interview with KUHF on Titian’s paintings of Ovid which were featured at the MFAH, click here Interview 4

I have also given a number of lectures on the HBU campus that can be viewed (in video) on youtube. Here are four links:

To hear me give an introduction to C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, click here.

To hear me discuss Books I and II of Mere Christianity, click here.

To hear me discuss Book III of Mere Christianity, click here.

To hear me discuss Book IV of Mere Christianity, click here.

To hear me give a speech entitled “Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics,” click here.

Finally, to hear me give a lecture on the Four Loves by C. S. Lewis, click here

A COMPLETE LIST OF MY SPEECHES BEFORE THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR:

Speeches for the 2012-2013 Academic Year:

On Labor Day weekend (Sept 1-3), I gave a number of lectures on C. S. Lewis and apologetics for Colgate University in Hamilton, NY (my alma mater); I addressed the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter, the University Chapel, and several other religious groups on campus.

On Thursday, September 13, I gave a talk at HBU titled “C. S. Lewis and the Four Loves: Apologist for Friendship” to kick off a year-long series on the Inklings.

On Sundays, September 16, 23, and 30, I delivered a three-lecture series on Mere Christianity for Spring Branch Presbyterian Church in Houston.

On Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, and 25, I taught a four-week class on the Odyssey for The Rice School of Continuing Education.

On Thursday, October 18, on the HBU campus, I gave a mini-lecture on the diverse writings of C. S. Lewis as an introduction to David Payne’s one-man show, “An Evening with C. S. Lewis.”

On Saturday, October 20, I delivered a plenary talk on C. S. Lewis and the Aeneid, as part of a Conference on the 10 Books that Most Influenced C. S. Lewis; the conference was held in Madison, WI, and sponsored by the Bradshaw-Knight foundation.

On Friday, October 26, I dramatically retold the Odyssey for Carnegie Vanguard HS, Houston.

On Saturday, November 10, I gave a lecture on C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce for a conference on C. S. Lewis held at Camp Allen, Navasota, TX.

On Saturday, Nov 17, I gave at talk for a Christianity & Arts Conference held on the HBU campus: “God as Creator/Man as Sub-Creator: Necessity of the Arts for a Christian Worldview.

On Thursday, November 22, I gave a dramatic retelling of Helen and the Trojan War for a Sunday School class in Houston.

On Thursday, November 29, I gave a talk at HBU titled “Tolkien’s Christian Vision: Virtue and Vice in Lord of the Rings” as part of our year-long series on the Inklings.

On Sunday, January 13, I gave a speech on the problem of pain for an Apologetics Sunday Colloquium held at College Park Baptist Church in Houston.

On Sundays, January 20 and 27, I gave my ninth annual Colloquium on C. S. Lewis for Cypress Creek Christian Church in North Houston.  My topic: CSL on Friendship, Fantasy, and Film.

On Wednesday, January 30, I gave a speech, “On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with J. R. R. Tolkien,” for Second Baptist Church in Houston.

On Wednesdays, February 13-March 6, I taught a 4-part class for The Rice School of Continuing Studies.  My topic: The Legacy of Rome, from Aeneas to the Fall of the Empire.

On Fridays, February 22-March 8, I delivered a three-part lecture series on Mere Christianity for St Thomas Episcopal Church in Houston.

On Thu, March 14, I gave two speeches (Virtue & Vice in Tolkien; Why Christians should Read the Pagan Classics); for The Cambridge Study Center and Geneva Classical Academy, FL.

On Fri, March 15, I gave a speech, “The Heirs of Athens,” at St Petersburg College in Tampa, FL.  The talk was sponsored by the National Hellenic Society and the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture.  Congressmen Michael and Gus Bilirakis of FL also spoke.

On Friday, March 22, I delivered a keynote address, “C. S. Lewis on Theology,” for an Inklings conference sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Houston Baptist University.

On Wednesday, April 3, I gave an apologetics talk, “C. S. Lewis for the 21st Century,” for the Parish and Community Library Section of the Catholic Library Association held in Houston.

On Saturday, April 13, I spoke on Christianity & the Arts for the Chesterton Society of Houston.

On Wednesday, April 17, I gave a talk on British Romantic Poetry for the Jung Center, Houston.

On the weekend of April 19-21, I gave four talks on apologetics and Christianity and education for The Stony Brook School and Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Long Island, NY.

On Fri, Apr 26, I spoke on the pagan classics for a dinner banquet, Covenant Academy, Houston.

On Thursday, May 30, I gave the commencement address for Regents Classical Christian Academy in Nacogdoches, Texas.

On Sat, June 15, I spoke on Tolkien’s Christian Vision for Riverwood Community Chapel in Kent, OH; on June 16 I preached a CSL-based sermon for Northampton United Methodist Church, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. I also spoke on Tolkien & CSL at the Root Café, Cuyahoga Falls.

On Mon, June 24, I spoke on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for The Premise Houston.

On Thu-Fri, June 27-28, I gave 2 plenary talks for the Society for Classical Learning Conference in San Antonio, TX: The Dangers of a Values Free Education; Aslan in the Academy.

On Thursday, July 18, I spoke on the Capitoline Frescoes for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

From August 6-14, I gave a series of lectures on apologetics for Summit Ministries, a worldview camp in Colorado Springs, CO.  I also interacted as a counselor and guide with students.

Speeches for the 2011-2012 Academic Year:

On Sunday, Aug 14, I lectured on Screwtape Letters for St Thomas Episcopal Church, Houston.

On Friday, Sep 2, I spoke for the opening convocation of Southwest Adventist University near Dallas; my topic: “Defending the Faith: Learning to Be an Apologist.”  On Sep 3, I delivered the Saxon Lecture; my topic: “God and Science: Evidence for Design in the Universe.”

On Sunday, Sep 11, I gave a lecture, “The Rise, Fall, and Legacy of Periclean Athens,” for the Friends of Archeology of Houston.

On Monday, Sep 12, I spoke on the biography of C. S. Lewis for Westminster United Methodist Church of Houston.

On Thursday, Sep 15, I gave a lecture at Houston Baptist University for a series on Florence; my topic: “Where Athens and Jerusalem Meet: The Christian Humanist Vision of Dante.”

On the weekend of Oct 21-23, I gave a series of four lectures on the apologetics of C. S. Lewis for Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington.

On Saturday, Oct 29, I gave a lecture (“Peril and Possibility: Filming Narnia and Middle-Earth”) for a conference on C. S. Lewis held at Camp Allen, Navasota, TX.

On Thursday, Nov 3, a Greek acting troop performed an English adaptation of Euripides’s Iphigenia at Tauris in HBU’s Dunham Theater; I wrote the adaptation and spoke before the play.

On the weekend of Dec 30-Jan 1, I was the keynote speaker for a Conference sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventists and held in Monterey, CA.  I spoke on C. S. Lewis’s writings on heaven and hell and on the novel and film of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

On Sundays, January 8, 15, 22, I gave my eighth annual Colloquium on C. S. Lewis for Cypress Creek Christian Church in North Houston.  This time, however, I spoke on the writings of two apologists who influenced Lewis: G. K. Chesterton and Dorothy Sayers.

On Sunday, January 29, I gave a talk, C. S. Lewis’s on Hell, for Spring Branch Presbyterian Church in Houston.

On Wednesdays, February 15-23, I taught a 3-part class for The Rice School of Continuing Studies.  My topic was The Legacy of The Middle Ages; focus: Papacy, Crusades, British kings.

On March 3, I spoke on Christian education for the Alpine Christian School near Big Bend, TX.

On Sundays, March 11, March 18, and April 1, I gave a series of three lectures on the novels and films of the first three Chronicles of Narnia for Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Houston.

On Wednesday, March 14, I gave two talks (one for the general public; one for the English majors) on Christianity and Education for Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN.

On Thursday, March 15, I spoke on Christianity and Education for the Scholarship Banquet at The Augustine School, a Classical-Christian Academy in Jackson, TN.

On Saturday, April 14, I gave a lecture on G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy for a newly formed Chesterton society that meets in north Houston.

On Wednesday-Friday, June 6-8, I gave a series of five lectures on the apologetics of C. S. Lewis for Summit Ministries, a worldview camp in Colorado Springs, CO.  I followed this on June 9-12 by giving three 3-hour classes on The Chronicles of Narnia for Summit Semester.

On Saturday, June 23, I spoke for The Houston Colony of Magna Charta Dames and Barons; my topic: Feudalism, the Norman Invasion, and the Early Plantagenets: The Road to Magna Charta.

On Saturday, July 14, I lectured on GKC’s Everlasting Man for the Houston Chesterton society

On Wednesday-Thursday, July 25-26, I gave a series of three lectures on the apologetics of C. S. Lewis for Summit Ministries in Tennessee.

On Wednesday, August 1 I gave a talk titled “Apologetics for Moderns” at Stow Alliance Fellowship (Stow, OH).  I followed this on Thursday with a talk on “Apologetics for Post-Moderns” for Riverwood Community Chapel (Kent, OH).  I also spoke for a local, Christian-owned company, a homeschooling Shakespeare camp, and a Christian coffeehouse in the area.

On Sunday-Monday, August 12-13, I spoke on Christian Higher Education for a Classical Christian School in Fort Worth, TX and on apologetics for Fort Worth Presbyterian Church.

On Thursday, August 16, I gave a talk titled “The Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World like a Romantic Poet,” for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

On Friday, August 17, I gave a lunch lecture for Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney on “The Eye of the Beholder” (a shortened version of the above).

Speeches for the 2010-2011 Academic Year:

On Thursday, August 19, I gave a talk titled “What Price Knowledge: On the Trail of the Byronic Hero” for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

On Sept 13, Sept 27, and Oct 20, I gave a series of three lectures on C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity for the HBU Freshman class.

On September 24-25, I was the keynote speaker for The Forum on Christianity and the Liberal Arts, University of Mobile, Mobile, AL.  My topic, “The Dangers of a Values-Free Education.”

On the evening of October 1, I gave a speech on C. S. Lewis’s views on Friendship (from the Four Loves) for Holy Trinity Anglican Church in The Heights of Houston.

On Friday, October 8, I gave a lecture on Oliver Cromwell and the Puritan Revolution and then lead a discussion of the film Cromwell.

On Friday, Oct 15, a condensed version of The Oresteia of Aeschylus was performed in HBU’s Dunham Theater; I edited and revised the English translation of the script and spoke before the performance on the background and continuing relevance of the play.

On the weekend of Oct 29-31, 2010, I was one of two plenary speakers for a conference on C. S. Lewis’s “The Weight of Glory” held at Camp Allen, Navasota, TX; my talks were “Glimpses of Heaven in the Writings of CSL” and “CSL Imagines Life Beyond the Shadowlands.”

On December 10, I returned to Holy Trinity Anglican Church in The Heights to give a speech on C. S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

On Sundays, January 9, 16, 23, I gave my seventh annual Colloquium on C. S. Lewis for Cypress Creek Christian Church in North Houston.  My topic: ”To Heaven with C. S. Lewis.”

On Friday/Saturday, February 11-12, I was the keynote speaker for a conference at Providence Classical Christian School in Oklahoma City; I gave two talks based on my Restoring Beauty.

On Wednesdays, February 23-March 9, I taught a 3-part class for The Rice School of Continuing Studies.  My topic was The Rise and Fall of Athenian Democracy.

On Wednesdays, March 23 and March 30, I gave a two part lecture series for Second Baptist Houston based on my two new books: Apologetics for the 21st Century & Restoring Beauty

On Saturday, March 26, I spoke on the journeys of Odysseus for the Texas State Junior Classical League Convention held in Humble, TX.

On Sundays, March 27, April 10, and April 17, I gave a series of three lectures on Heaven and Hell in the Writings of C. S. Lewis for Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Houston.

On Saturday, April 2, I gave a speech on C. S. Lewis’s arguments by desire and myth for an apologetics conference held at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston and sponsored by Biola University.  Other speakers included Mike Licona, Craig Hazen, and J. P. Moreland.

On Friday, April 8, I gave a lecture at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA; my topic, based on my book, Restoring Beauty, was what modern educators can learn from C. S. Lewis.

On Tuesday, April 12, I lectured on the Persistence of Greek and Roman Mythology for an educator’s conference at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

On the weekend of April 22-24, I gave a number of lectures on C. S. Lewis and apologetics for Colgate University in Hamilton, NY (my alma mater); I addressed the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter, the University Chapel, and a local church.

On Thursday, May 12, I gave a lecture on Mere Christianity for La Porte (TX) High School.

On Monday, May 16, I gave a lecture for Westminster United Methodist Church of Houston; my topic, “C. S. Lewis on Joy and Pain,” was based on my new book, Apologetics for the 21st c.

On Saturday, May 28, I gave the commencement address for Annapolis Classical Christian School in Corpus Christi, TX; the night before I spoke at the School on Christian Education.

On Wed, June 1, I gave a lecture on the Legacy of Ancient Athens for the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago; sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the National Hellenic Society.

On Thursday, June 16, I gave a lecture on “Titian’s Mythological Paintings” for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Speeches for the 2009-2010 Academic Year:

On Wednesday, July 29 I gave a speech on C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce for the Wheatstone Academy on the campus of Houston Baptist University.

On Sunday, September 6, I gave the sermon at College Park Baptist Church in Houston.  My sermon was based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

On Wednesday, September 9, I gave a luncheon address in Houston for the Foundation of Contemporary Theology; my topic: “Retelling the Christian Story: C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

On Saturday, September 12, I gave a talk on G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy for Chesterton House: Center for Christian Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  On Sun, Sept 13, I gave a talk on C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce for New Life Presbyterian Church in Ithaca.

On September 14 and 30 and October 19, I gave a series of three lectures on C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity for the Freshman Year Experience class on the campus of Houston Baptist University.

On Monday, September 14, I gave a talk on Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics for a brown bag lunch held in the Art Gallery of HBU.

On Wednesdays September 16 and 23, I gave a two part lecture series on The Chronicles of Narnia for Second Baptist Church in Houston.

On Friday, October 2, the Greek tragedy The Trojan Women was performed on the HBU campus.  I delivered an address before the performance on Greek Tragedy in general and The Trojan Women in particular.

On Friday, October 2, I delivered a plenary address for the Conference of Christianity and Literature, sponsored by the Honors College and held on the HBU campus.  My topic was, “The Aesthetics of Incarnation: A Christian Response to Postmodernism.”

On Wednesday, Oct 2, I gave a talk titled The Heirs of Athens at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC.  My talk was sponsored by the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, National Hellenic Society, Odyssey Magazine, and American Hellenic Institute Foundation.

On Tuesday, October 27, I gave a dinner lecture for Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney titled Gods and Heroes: How It All Began.

On the weekend of Oct 30-Nov 1, I led a breakout session and served on a panel for a C. S. Lewis Conference sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Foundation and held at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX.  My topic was: C. S. Lewis and the Four Loves: Apologist for Friendship.

On Friday, Nov 6, I gave a speech for Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint Worldview Training Classes at West Houston Church of Christ.  My topic was titled C. S. Lewis for the 21st Century.

On Sundays, January 10, 17, 24, I gave my sixth annual Colloquium on C. S. Lewis for Cypress Creek Christian Church. My topic this year was Mere Christianity.

Mondays, January 25, February 1 and 8: I taught a 3-part class on Mere Christianity for Houston Baptist University’s School of Continuing Education.

On Wednesday, February 17-March 3, I taught a 3-part class for The Rice School of Continuing Studies.  The class was titled On the Road with Dante and the three sessions took students on a tour of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.

On Tuesday, February 23, I gave an address and presented Fort Bend Baptist Academy (Sugar Land, TX) with their charter to join the National English Honors Society.

On Monday, March 8 and Monday, April 12, I gave a two-part series of lectures on Mere Christianity for Westminster United Methodist Church of Houston.

On Tuesday, March 9, I gave a talk on the modernist paradigm for the Café Philosophique et Scientifique (Café Phi-Sci) on the campus of the University of Houston, Sugar Land Branch.

On Saturday, March 13, I presented a dramatic retelling of Homer’s Odyssey for the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club of Houston.

On Friday, March 19, I gave a dramatic retelling of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for a dinner banquet at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Clearwater, Florida; on Saturday, March 20, I was one of two plenary speakers for a conference titled, “C. S. Lewis: Apostle to the Skeptics” held at Clearwater Community Church in Dunedin, FL. My talk focused on Lewis’s apologetical arguments by desire and by myth.

On Wednesday, March 24, I gave a speech titled “The Lure of Sicily” for the Italian Cultural and Community Center of Houston.

On Saturday, April 24, I gave a talk on The Trojan War and the Oral Tradition for the annual banquet of the Friends of Archeology, that meets at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

On Wednesday, June 2, I gave a talk on Lewis’s views on heaven and hell for First Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi, TX.

On Sunday, June 6, I addressed the adult Sunday school and gave the sermon for Christ Episcopal Church in San Antonio, TX.  My topics were Lewis’s legacy and the Problem of Pain.

Speeches for the 2008-2009 Academic Year:

Wednesday, July 23 at 1pm: I gave a speech on how C. S. Lewis (CSL) can help us to wrestle with the Modernist Paradigm for Wheatstone Academy, held on the campus of HBU.

Over the course of this academic year I gave a series of 9 guest lectures for HBU’s new Honors College.  I spoke on such topics as: Homer, Virgil, Dante, Greek Tragedy, Marcus Aurelius, the Medieval cosmological model, and CSL.

Wednesdays, Sept 10 and Oct 8 at 6:30pm: I gave a two-part lecture series at Second Baptist Church, Houston, based on Chapters 2 and 3 of my new book: Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson an the Victorian Age. The series was titled Victorian Wrestlers and the two speeches: Darwin’s Bulldog: How T. H. Huxley “Packaged” Evolution and John Henry Newman: Christian Orthodoxy vs. Theological Liberalism

Sunday, Oct 5 at 6:30: I gave a talk on Apologetics CSL style for Bethel Independent Presbyterian Church in Houston.

Wednesday, Oct 15 at 6:30pm: I gave a lecture at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Houston, on what CSL can teach educators within the academy.

Wednesday, October 22: I led a table discussion on Greek Mythology for a banquet at the River Oaks Country Club sponsored by the Rice School of Continuing Education.

Friday, October 24: I performed a dinner show for Smith Barney in which I retold the story of the Odyssey from the point of view of Odysseus.

Weekend of Oct 31-Nov 2: I gave a speech titled What Price Knowledge: The Dangers of Plucking Forbidden Fruit for a CSL conference held at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX.

Thursday-Sunday, Jan 1-4: I was the keynote speaker for a Conference sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventists and held in Monterey, CA.  I spoke from various chapters of my book, Lewis Agonistes, and on the novel and film of Prince Caspian.

Sundays, January 11, 18, 25 from 5-7pm: I gave my fifth annual Colloquium on CSL for Cypress Creek Christian Church.  My topic focused on the seven Chronicles of Narnia.

Weekend of February 20-22: I led a multi-part conference on CSL for a Church in Savannah, GA.  My topic was The Good, the True and the Beautiful in the Fiction of CSL.  I also gave a sermon on the Problem of Pain and spoke on Prince Caspian.

Wednesdays, February 18, 25, and March 4, 7-9pm:  I gave a three-week class titled From Homer to Virgil to Dante: Passing the Epic Baton for the Rice School of Continuing Studies on the Campus of Rice University.  The titles for the three lectures were: Homer, the Trojan War and the oral tradition; From Homer to Virgil: The making of a Roman epic; Where Athens and Jerusalem meet: Why Dante chose Virgil as his guide.

Saturday, February 28 at 6:30pm: I was one of two plenary speakers for a colloquium on apologetics held at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston.  The event was sponsored by The Center for Christian Apologetics; my talk was titled C. S. Lewis in the 21st Century.

Thursday, March 12 at 6:30pm: I gave a talk titled The Song of the Scapegoat: The Birth of Greek Tragedy for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of their Artful Thursdays program.

Friday, March 20: I gave a speech on Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics and also led a faculty workshop for Berean Christian Academy near Tampa, FL.

Saturday, March 14: I gave a dramatic retelling of the Tragic House of Thebes for a Sunday School class in Houston.

Tuesdays, March 24, 31, April 7 and 14, 7:15-9:15 pm: I gave a 4-part class based on my book Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can train us to wrestle with the modern and postmodern world for Houston Baptist University’s new School of Continuing Education.

Friday, March 27: I gave a lecture based on my book From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics for Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Tuesday, May 12: I gave a speech on The Screwtape Letters for Friendswood Community Church in Friendswood, TX.

Saturday, May 16: I gave the commencement address for Providence Classical Christian School in Spring, TX.  My topic was “Seeking the Beatific Vision.”

Saturday, May 23: I was a plenary speaker for a Renaissance Weekend held in West Palm Beach, FL and sponsored by the National Hellenic Society.  My topic was “The Heirs of Athens.”

Saturday, June 13: I gave a speech for a Sunday School class that meets at Second Baptist; my topic: Mid-Century Crisis: How Tennyson and the Victorian Age Learned to Press Forward.

Speeches for the 2007-2008 Academic Year

Wed, September 12: At 6:30, I spoke on my two new books (From Achilles to Christ; Pressing Forward) and did a book signing at Cypress Creek Christian Church.

Fri, Oct 5-Sun, Oct 14: I was the lecturer for a tour of Rome, Italy.  I gave four 90 minute lectures on the history of ancient Rome from Aeneas to the fall of the Roman Empire (2 lectures), the history of the early church from Christ to Constantine, and how the Roman Empire gave way to the Roman Catholic Church.

Fri/Sat, Oct 19-20: I was a plenary speaker for a Worldview Conference (the title was Truth & Consequences) held at West Houston Church of Christ.  One of the other plenary speakers was Francis Beckwith.

Mon, Nov 5:  I gave a speech on Screwtape Letters for Westminster United Methodist Church.

Fri, Nov 9: I gave a speech on what C. S. Lewis can teach Graduate Students for the Graduate Christian Fellowship of Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Wed, Nov 14: I gave a talk on the novel and film version of Grapes of Wrath for the Rice School of Continuing Education.

Fri-Monday, Dec 28-31: I was a plenary speaker for a Conference sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventists and held in Monterey, CA.  I spoke from various chapters of my book, Lewis Agonistes, and on the novel and film of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Sundays, Jan 6, 13, and 20 from 5-7pm: I gave my fourth annual Colloquium on C. S. Lewis for Cypress Creek Christian Church.  My focus this year was Rehabilitating Beauty in CSL.

Wed, Jan 16 at 7pm: I gave a speech on Ancient Rome on Film for the Italian Cultural and Community Center of Houston.

Wed, Jan 23 at 8pm: I gave a speech at the Jewish Community Center in Houston on the heroic measures taken by Greeks to protect Jewish-Greek citizens from the Holocaust. My speech was part of a week long series of speeches on this important, and little known topic. The week was organized by the Hellenic Cultural Center of Houston.

Weekend of January 25-27:  I led a 4-part weekend conference on C. S. Lewis for Canterbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Fri/Sat, Feb 8-9: I was a plenary speaker for a conference on Christianity and Education held at Providence School (a Christian classical school in the Cypress-Spring area).

Tuesdays, Feb 26, Mar 4, Mar 11, 7-9pm: I gave a three-week class on Greek Mythology for the Rice School of Continuing Studies on the Campus of Rice University.

Saturday, March 8, 1-3pm: I gave a lecture on Pompeii at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for a group of K-12 Houston educators.

Thursday, March 20 at 6:30pm: I gave a lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The lecture was part of the Artful Thursdays series.

Weekend of March 21-23: I delivered the Saxon Lecture series for Southwest Adventist University near Dallas.  I spoke on the arts, science, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Wed, April 2: I gave a speech at Second Baptist Church, Houston on my new book, From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics.

Thu/Fri, April 10-11: I gave an evening lecture on C. S. Lewis and delivered the chapel address (based on From Achilles to Christ) for Houghton College in upstate, NY.

Saturday, April 12: I spoke on Greek Mythology for the Texas State Junior Classical League Convention held in Humble, TX.

Wed, April 16: I gave a talk on From Achilles to Christ for Westminster United Methodist Church; I followed this with a second talk on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on May 7.

Sunday/Monday, May 11-12: I delivered the Harry Parker Memorial Lecture Series for Christ Episcopal Church in San Antonio, TX.  I spoke four times on heaven and hell, science, the new age, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Wed, July 23: I delivered a talk on the Christian vs. modernist worldviews for The Wheatstone Academy that met on the campus of HBU.

Speeches for the 2006-2007 Academic Year

Monday, August 28, 1-3pm:  I spoke for the faculty of St. Thomas Episcopal Academy in Houston on the topic of Roman Portraits: Ancient Rome on Film.

Wednesday, September 6: I gave a speech on The Horse and His Boy for First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio.

Wednesday, September 13, 6:45pm: I gave a speech at First Presbyterian Church, Houston, on the Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis.

Wednesday, October 4, 6:30pm: I gave a speech at Cypress Creek Christian Church on how I integrate my Christian Faith and my work as an English Professor.

Weekend of November 10-12: I attended a weekend conference on C. S. Lewis held at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX (sponsored by the CSL Foundation).  I led/spoke for Bag End Cafe.

Monday, November 20: I spoke on the Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis for a Book Club that meets at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview, IL (near Chicago).

Friday, December 2: I gave a talk on the Spirit of Hellenism to complement a showing of a documentary on Greece at the Imax Theater housed in the Museum of Natural History, Houston, 7-10pm.  This event was a fund raiser to help establish a Greek Cultural Center in Houston.

Sundays, January 7, 14, 21: I offered a three-week seminar on C. S. Lewis at Cypress Creek Christian Church, 6:00-8pm.  The topic was CSL on the Arts and Education; the 3 talks were titled: Wrestling with the Arts; The Dangers of a Values-Free Educations; Aslan in the Academy.

Friday, January 26, 2:30pm: As part of a conference on Christianity and the Arts held at Houston Baptist University, I moderated a panel discussion on the theme of the conference: The Arts as an Expression of Belief.  The panel included Marilynne Robinson and Greg Wolfe.

Wednesday, February 7: I was a plenary speaker for a Christian Arts conference (Re:Create) held in Franklin, TN (near Nashville):

Tuesdays, March 13, March 20, and April 10, 6:30-8pm: I gave three lectures (one on the history of ancient Rome; one on Rome on film; one on Ovid) as part of an 8-week class on Imperial Rome that was held at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies on the Campus of Rice University.  The class was held in conjunction with an exhibit on Imperial Rome at the Museum of Natural History.

Tuesdays, 1-3pm from March 6-May 15 (no class on April 17) I led a 10-week class based on my book, Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can train us to wrestle with the modern and postmodern world for the Women’s Institute of Houston.

Friday/Saturday, May 18-9:  I was a plenary speaker for a Christian Arts conference in Washington, DC.

Thursday, June 14: I gave a speech on Dante’s Pre-Copernican Universe for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as a part of their Artful Thursdays series (preceded by an interview on KUHF)

Thursday, June 28: I was a plenary speaker for a conference (Summer Scripture Seminar, June 24-29) held at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL (near Chicago).  The conference theme was the Bible and Ethics; my speech was titled Ethics in Narnia: C. S. Lewis on the Nature of Good and Evil.

Sunday, August 5: I gave a sermon on C. S. Lewis for West Houston Church of Christ.

Speeches for the 2005-2006 Academic Year

Sunday Afternoons at 4pm, September 18 & 25: I gave a 2-part lecture series on The Hollywood Studios: Their Birth, their Moguls, and their Styles for the Women’s Institute of Houston.

Saturday, October 15: I gave the keynote address for the Southern Regional Leadership Conference of AHEPA held at the JW Marriot in Houston. Topic: The Spirit of Hellenism.

Saturday, November 5: I gave a speech titled “The Good Guys and the Bad Guys in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at the Borders on 3025 Kirby in Houston.  My speech was part of Narnia on Tour, a lecture series held throughout Fall of 2005 in major cities across the nation.

Thursday, Nov 17: I gave a luncheon address on Narnia for Dallas Christian Leadership at SMU

Weekend of Nov 18-20: I was the plenary speaker for a conference on The Chronicles of Narnia held at Camp Allen (Navasota, TX).  Sponsored by CSL Foundation.

Tuesday, November 21: I spoke on C. S. Lewis for the chapel service at George Fox University near Portland, Oregon; I also spoke in several classes, and addressed the wider community that evening on the New Age.

Wednesday, November 30: I spoke on Narnia at Friendswood Community Church.

Thursday, December 29: I spoke on C. S. Lewis in the afternoon for a Barnes & Noble in Sarasota, Florida, and then followed that by an evening talk on Narnia at a local church (Cornerstone Church).

Saturday, January 7: I spoke on Narnia for the Heights Church of Christ in Houston.

Sundays, January 8, 15, 22: I offered a three-week seminar on C. S. Lewis at Cypress Creek Christian Church,6:00-8pm (I spoke on Narnia and from Chapters 4 and 6 of Lewis Agonistes.)

Wednesday, January 18: I spoke on Narnia for Northwest Bible Church in Dallas.

Friday, January 20: I spoke on Narnia for Second Baptist Church of Houston.

Tuesday, January 24: I spoke for the Italian Cultural Club of Houston (1101 Milford) on the Ancient Myths and Legends of Sicily.

Friday, January 27: I delivered two lectures (one on Narnia; the other on Wrestling with Science from Chapter 2 of Lewis Agonistes) for the TMI Daunt Lectures in Religion and Society.  The lectures were held at The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio.

Monday, January 30: I delivered a lecture to the faculty of Montgomery College (North Houston) on Greek Mythology.

Weekend of Feb 10-12: I led a CSL weekend for Chapel Hill Bible Church in North Carolina based on four of the chapters from Lewis Agonistes.

Friday, February 24: I spoke on C. S. Lewis for the chapel service at Taylor University in Indiana; on the evening before, I addressed the Lewis & Friends Society.

Friday, March 3: I spoke on Dante’s Pre-Copernican Universe for McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA.

Spring 2006: I taught a 10-week class on Alfred Hitchcock for the Women’s Institute of Houston.

Saturday, March 11: I gave a speech on the Spirit of Hellenism for St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church in Houston.

Tuesday, March 14: I gave a dinner lecture on Narnia for the English Speaking Union, Houston.

Thursday, July 13: I gave a talk titled “Roman Portraits: Virtue and Vice in Ancient Rome” for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

June 1-4: I returned to Taylor University to be a plenary speaker for a colloquium on CSL.

Highlights of 2004-2005 Academic Year

Friday, October 1 and Monday October 4: I spoke on two panels discussing the PBS series The Question of God (which contrasts the worldviews of CSL and Freud).  The Friday panel was held at West University United Methodist Church; the Monday Panel at the KUHT studios on the U of H campus.

Weekend of Nov 19-21: I was one of two plenary speakers for a conference on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien held at Camp Allen (Navasota, TX) and sponsored by the CSL Foundation.

Weekend of February 11-13: I led a 5-part conference on CSL for the Episcopal diocese of Savannah, Georgia.

Weekend of February 18-20: I was the 44th Annual speaker for the Joseph Fletcher Lawyer’s Conference held at an Episcopal Camp in London, Ohio.

Sunday, February 27: I delivered a talk titled “Homer, the War, and the Oral Tradition” for the Women’s Institute of Houston; then taught a 10-week class on The Iliad and Odyssey.

Saturday, March 12: I delivered a one-day, two-part seminar on C. S. Lewis at Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch, TX (a suburb of Dallas).

Weekend of May 20-22: I led a 4-part conference on CSL for Laity Lodge in the Hill Country of Texas (sponsored by a Church in Kerrville).

4th of July Weekend: I delivered a 4-part series on film noir for the Cornerstone Festival held in Bushnell, Illinois (my third year in a row as a plenary speaker).

Week of July 25-29: I delivered a plenary address for the Oxbridge Conference in Oxford, England (title of paper: “Rehabilitating Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Fiction of C. S. Lewis”).  I also offered three additional seminars on CSL during the week.

Highlights of 2003-2004 Academic Year:

October 21: I spoke at the Chapel service of John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AK); I also addressed the faculty on CSL.

April 1-3: I was one of the plenary speakers for the 7th Annual C. S. Lewis & the Inklings Conference held at LeTourneau University in Longview, TX.  I gave a dramatic recitation of my essay, “Screwtape’s Millennial Toast.”

June 4-5: I was a keynote speaker for a conference on Christianity and the Arts held at Cornerstone Church in Sarasota, FL.

Fourth of July Weekend: I gave a series of four lectures on the Blessings and Dangers of Romanticism for the Cornerstone Festival, held annually in Bushnell, Illinois.

July/August: I led an 8-day seminar on CSL for St. Hugh’s College in Oxford, England.

Highlights of 2002-2003 Academic Year:

January: I delivered a weekend conference on The Life and Apologetics of C. S. Lewis for Mattituck Presbyterian Church in Long Island, NY.

February 1-2: I led another weekend conference on The Life and Apologetics of C. S. Lewis for the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church near Jackson, MS.

April 14-17: I delivered the Staley Lecture series at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, OR.  My four speeches elaborated on Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 6 of my book, Lewis Agonistes.

June 8-14: I delivered a series of lectures on The Chronicles of Narnia to accompany a Spa trip held in Aspen, Colorado.  The Spa was coordinated by Global Fitness Adventures.

July 4-5: I led a 4-part series (“The Discarded Image: Myth, Wonder & Incarnation”) at the Cornerstone Festival, a Christianity and the Arts festival held annually in central Illinois.

August 8-10: I gave a plenary lecture on The Abolition of Man for the New York C. S. Lewis Society Symposium held at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglastown, NY.

Highlights of 2001-2002 Academic Year:

September: I delivered the paper, “Intimations of Incarnation: Browning’s Cleon,” at the South West Conference on Christianity and Literature, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

February: I delivered a plenary address on Christianity and the Arts for Re:Create, an arts conference held in Franklin, TN and sponsored by The People’s Church of Franklin (for which church I spoke again later in the year).

April: I delivered three plenary addresses for the 5th Annual C. S. Lewis & the Inklings Conference held at Amarillo College in Texas.

August: I led a three-day conference on C. S. Lewis on Education and the Arts, for the faculty of St Thomas Episcopal School, Houston, TX.

Highlights of 2000-2001 Academic Year:

March: I led a weekend conference on Teaching the Fiction of C. S. Lewis at Grace Covenant Christian School in Austin, TX.

Spring: I conducted an 8-part radio interview on The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis for Kresta in the Afternoon, Ave Maria Radio, Ann Arbor, MI.

August: I led a weekend conference on Mere Christianity for Sunset Ridge Church of Christ, San Antonio, Texas.