Coming Soon

– October 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific

Featured Guest: Elaine Howard Ecklund

Theme: Why a Global Pandemic Makes Scientists’ Views of Religion Matter Even More: An Interview with Elaine Howard Ecklund

We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College webinar featuring professor Elaine Howard Ecklund. We will be asking Dr. Ecklund about her career, her research, and her faith.

We will specifically focus on beliefs of scientists about faith and the beliefs of the faithful about science, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joining Elaine in the conversation will be moderator Christopher Howell. Throughout the webinar, we will be taking questions from the audience.

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Elaine Howard Ecklund

Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University, as well as founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program. Ecklund is a sociologist of religion, immigration, and science who examines how individuals bring changes to religious and scientific institutions.

She is the author of four books with Oxford University Press, one book with New York University Press, and numerous research articles and op-eds. Her most recent book (with colleagues) is Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (Oxford University Press, 2019). Her forthcoming book, Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us beyond Fear, will be published with Brazos Press, a division of Baker Books, in May 2020. 

She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Her research has been cited thousands of times by local, national, and international media. In 2013, she received Rice University’s Charles O. Duncan Award for Most Outstanding Academic Achievement and Teaching. In 2018 she gave the Gifford Lecture in Scotland and in 2019 she was President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. 

Her most recent book on the subject of science and faith is Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us Beyond Fear.

Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell is a PhD candidate in American Religion at Duke University, working on a dissertation on the history of religion and science. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School and a Bachelor’s in American history from the University of California, Riverside. 

He is currently teaching a course on C.S. Lewis at Duke University for the Religion Department.

He has also worked odd jobs in video game development and sports radio. As a teacher, he has taught undergraduate classes at Duke as well as English foreign language courses in Prague, Czech Republic. 

He has worked with the CS Lewis Foundation since 2010, filling various roles as Communications Associate, conference staffer, Registrar, and event planner, and has worked conferences in England, Massachusetts, and California. He met his wife, Mary Carol, while they both worked at the Foundation in 2011.

Upcoming Webinars

– November 13, 14, and 15, 2020

C.S. Lewis Virtual Summit

Theme: ‘Deeper Magic’: C.S. Lewis & the Serious Business of Heaven

Confirmed faculty – Karen Swallow Prior, Andrew Peterson, Malcolm Guite, with more to be announced

– December 2020 (date tba)

Featured guests: Andrew Lazo and Christin Ditchfield Lazo

Topic: Advent

Past Webinars

Creating Community in a Time of Social Distance: An Interview with Diana Pavlac Glyer

September 19, 2020

We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College webinar featuring C.S. Lewis & the Inklings scholar Diana Pavlac Glyer. We ask Ms. Glyer about the Inklings, her career, and her faith. We specifically focus on the importance of building community as people of faith, particularly in this time of Covid-19 social distancing..

Joining Diana in the conversation is moderator Amber Salladin.

Diana Pavlac Glyer, photography courtesy of and copyright by Lancia E. Smith

Dr. Glyer is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. She has published extensively on Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings, including contributions to The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. She is the recipient of the Wade Center’s Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant (1997) and APU’s Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award (2002).

She is a leading expert on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien; her book The Company They Keep changed the way we talk about these writers. Her scholarship, her teaching, and her work as an artist all circle back to one common theme: creativity thrives in community. Her most recent book on the subject is BANDERSNATCH: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

She will be launching a second edition of her book Clay in the Potter’s Hands on September 14, 2020.


The Stories We Tell: An Interview with Davis Bunn

August 15, 2020

We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College webinar featuring best-selling author Davis Bunn. We ask Mr. Bunn about his writing, career, faith, and thoughts on the importance of stories in our relationship with the world around us.

Joining Davis in the conversation is moderator Amber Salladin.

Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn’s novels have sold in excess of eight million copies in twenty-four languages.  He has appeared on numerous national bestseller lists, and his titles have been Main or Featured Selections with every major US bookclub.   In the past twelve months, Davis has had multiple titles featured as ‘top picks’ and ‘starred reviews’ by Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, RT Reviews, and Booklist.

Davis serves as Writer-In-Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University, and until recently was Lecturer in Oxford’s new creative writing program.  In 2011 his novel ‘Lion of Babylon’ was named Best Book of the Year by Library Journal.  The sequel, entitled ‘Rare Earth’,  won Davis his fourth Christy Award for Excellence in Fiction in 2013.  In 2014 Davis was granted the Lifetime Achievement award by the Christy board of judges.  More recently, Trial Run was named Best Book of The Year by Suspense Magazine. He has appeared on the cover of Southern Writers Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and Christian Retailing. 

Davis has written and presented a 40-part series for Moody Radio entitled ‘Silent Prayer’, which was broadcast nationwide.  Davis lectures around the world on aspects of creative writing. 

Currently Davis is under contract to write a new television/streaming series based upon his bestselling series, Miramar Bay.  

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: An Evening with Joseph Loconte

May 27, 2020

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, American Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918.

Mr. Loconte previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, and was a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Loconte’s other books include: God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West; The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt; and The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm.

Mr. Loconte will be joining the Heritage Foundation in June as the Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies.