The Most Curious Omission in C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves: A webinar with Jason Lepojarvi
Saturday, November 13, 2021
10 am Pacific / 11 Mountain / 12 pm Central / 1 pm Eastern
We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring Dr. Bethany Sollereder.
Bethany will give a short presentation on her newly released book Why Is There Suffering?, which discusses various historical and cultural approaches to the problem of pain. The presentation will be followed by an interview from our moderator, Christopher Howell, along with a Q&A session with questions from our audience.
About Bethany Sollereder
Bethany Sollereder is a Research Fellow at the Laudato Si’ Research Institute at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford. She specializes in theology concerning evolution and the problem of suffering and is currently working on the theological aspects of our changing climate. Bethany received her PhD in Theology from the University of Exeter and an MCS in interdisciplinary studies from Regent College, Vancouver. She is the author of God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering: Theodicy Without a Fall (Routledge, 2018). She also works with BioLogos, God and the Big Bang, Learning About Science And Religion (LASAR), and has written for popular publications such as The Christian Century. Bethany also lived at “The Kilns” for several years as a Scholar-In-Residence.
The Most Curious Omission in C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves: A webinar with Jason Lepojarvi
Thursday, October 14, 2021
We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring C.S. Lewis scholar Jason Lepojarvi. Jason will give a short presentation on C.S. Lewis’s definition of love in his book The Four Loves. The presentation will be followed by an interview from our moderator, Amber Salladin, along with a Q&A session with questions from our audience.
Born to a Canadian mother and a Finnish father, Dr. Jason Lepojärvi obtained a Ph.D. in Theology at the University of Helsinki. His dissertation God Is Love but Love Is Not God (2015) analyzed the brilliance and blindspots C.S. Lewis’s ideas of love. At Oxford University, Jason served as the Junior Research Fellow in Theology at St. Benet’s Hall and the President of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society. In 2018 he took up the position of Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Thorneloe University in Ontario, Canada, where he taught a number of courses on the Inklings. He continues to offer Oxford-style tutorials through his website StudyCSLewis.com.
Glimpses of God – Art, Contemplation, and Prayer: A webinar with Terry Glaspey
Saturday, August 28, 2021
We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring author Terry Glaspey. Mr. Glaspey gives a short presentation on how the arts can guide and assist us in prayer and contemplation. It is followed by an interview from our moderator, Christopher Howell, along with a Q&A session with questions from our audience.
Terry Glaspey is a writer, editor, creative mentor, teacher, and someone who finds various forms of art—painting, films, novels, poetry, and music—to be some of the places where he most deeply connects with God.
He has written over a dozen books, including 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: Fascinating Stories Behind Great Art, Music, Literature, and Film, Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis, The Prayers of Jane Austen, 25 Keys to Life-Changing Prayer, Bible Basics for Everyone, and others. His most recent book, Discovering God Through the Arts, was released in February 2021. Terry teaches at Northwind Institute in the Romantic Theology and Spiritual Formation programs. He has been the recipient of several major national awards for his writing. He has also been the recipient of a number of other awards, including a distinguished alumni award and the Advanced Speakers and Writers Editor of the Year award.
Terry enjoys writing and speaking about a variety of topics including creativity and spirituality, the artistic heritage of the Christian faith, the writing of C.S. Lewis, and creative approaches to apologetics.
5 Things I Learned From Warnie Lewis: Webinar with Dr. Don King
Saturday, June 26, 2021
We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring professor Don King. Dr. King gives a short presentation on what he’s learned about C.S. Lewis’s brother Warren (“Warnie”) Lewis while writing his upcoming book Soldier, Writer, Inkling: A Life of Warren Hamilton Lewis. It is followed by an interview from our moderator, Scott Key, along with a Q&A session with questions from our audience.
On the faculty of Montreat College since 1974, Don W. King is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of English. From from 1999 to 2015 he served as Editor of the Christian Scholar’s Review. His essays and reviews have appeared in Books & Culture, Christianity and Literature, SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review, Literature and Religion, The Journal of Inklings Studies, and Studies in the Literary Imagination, and he contributed articles on C. S. Lewis’ poetry to The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and to C. S. Lewis—Life, Works, and Legacy. He is author of C. S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse (Kent State University Press, 2001), Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter (Kent State University Press, 2008), Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman (William B. Eerdmans, 2009), Taking Every Thought Captive: Forty Years of the Christian Scholar’s Review (Abilene Christian University Press, 2011), Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C. S. Lewis (Abilene Christian University Press, 2013), The Letters of Ruth Pitter: Silent Music (University of Delaware Press, 2014), The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition (Kent State University Press, 2015), A Naked Tree: Joy Davidman’s Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis and Other Poems (William B. Eerdmans, 2015), Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman (William B. Eerdmans, 2015), and Sudden Heaven: The Collected Poems of Ruth Pitter, A Critical Edition (Kent State University Press, 2018). His current writing project is Soldier, Writer, Inkling: A Life of Warren Hamilton Lewis.
How to Cultivate Wisdom in an Information Age: Webinar with Brett McCracken
May 13, 2021
We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring writer Brett McCracken.
Brett will give a short presentation on “How to Cultivate Wisdom in in the Information Age.” It will be related to his recent book The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World. An interview session with our moderator, Amber Salladin, will follow. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions throughout the interview.
Brett McCracken is a senior editor and director of communications for The Gospel Coalition.
He is the author of The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World (Crossway, 2021), Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community (Crossway, 2017), Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide (Baker, 2010), and Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty (Baker, 2013). He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, Christianity Today, and many other publications.
A graduate of Wheaton College and UCLA (M.A. in Cinema & Media Studies), Brett lives in Santa Ana, California with his wife Kira and two sons, Chet and Ira. He is an elder at Southlands Church Santa Ana. Brett is also a former staff member of the C.S. Lewis Foundation. He served as an event and communications intern in 2005 for the C.S. Lewis “Oxbridge” Summer Institute in Oxford, England and as registrar for the 2006 C.S. Lewis Summer Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Music in Narnia – The Lion’s Song: Webinar with J.A.C. Redford
April 25, 2021
We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring composer J.A.C. Redford. J.A.C. will give a short presentation on “Music in Narnia: The Lion’s Song.” It will be followed by an interview with our moderator, Amber Salladin, along with a Q&A session with questions from our audience.
J.A.C. Redford is a composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor of concert, chamber and choral music, film, television and theater scores, and music for recordings. Artists and ensembles that have performed his work include: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Joshua Bell, Liona Boyd, Cantus, Chicago Symphony, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Debussy Trio, Israel Philharmonic, Kansas City Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Singers, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Anne Akiko Meyers, Millennium Consort Singers, New York Philharmonic, Phoenix Chorale, Staatskapelle Dresden, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Chamber Artists and Utah Symphony. His music has been featured on programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Center in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Redford has written the scores for more than three dozen feature films, TV movies or miniseries, including The Trip to Bountiful, One Night with the King, What the Deaf Man Heard, Mama Flora’s Family and Disney’s Oliver & Company, Newsies and The Mighty Ducks II and III. He has composed the music for nearly 500 episodes of series television, including multiple seasons of Coach and St. Elsewhere (for which he received two Emmy nominations). His incidental music has been heard in theatrical productions at the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles and South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa, California, as well as in the American Playhouse series on PBS. Collaborating with other artists, Redford has orchestrated, arranged or conducted for Academy Award-winning composers, James Horner, Alan Menken, Randy Newman and Rachel Portman, as well as for Terence Blanchard, Danny Elfman, Mark Isham, Thomas Newman, Marc Shaiman, and Cirque du Soleil’s Benoit Jutras, on projects including The Little Mermaid, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Perfect Storm, WALL-E, Avatar, The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man, Skyfall, Bridge of Spies and SPECTRE. He orchestrated and conducted Adele’s Oscar-winning title song for Skyfall, wrote arrangements for Joshua Bell’s Voice of the Violin, At Home with Friends and Musical Gifts recordings, Anne Akiko Meyers’ Serenade: The Love Album, and has written for and recorded with other Grammy Award-winning artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Placido Domingo, Bonnie Raitt and Sting. He has produced, arranged, and conducted music for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and served as a consultant for the Sundance Film Institute, a teacher in the Artists-in-Schools program for the National Endowment for the Arts, a guest lecturer at USC and UCLA, and on the Music Branch Executive Committees for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Welcome All Wonders: A Composer’s Journey, published by Baker Books. His many recordings include seven collections of his concert, chamber and choral music, The Alphabet of Revelation, Eternity Shut in a Span, Evening Wind, The Growing Season, Inside Passage, Let Beauty Be Our Memorial and Waltzing with Shadows.
Prayer in the Night: Webinar with Tish Harrison Warren
March 25, 2021
We invite you to join us during Lent for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring Rev. Tish Harrison Warren. She will give a short presentation on her book Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep. It will be followed by an interview from our moderator, Amber Salladin and a Q&A session with questions from our audience.
Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She is the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, which was Christianity Today’s 2018 Book of the Year, and Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work, or Watch, or Weep (IVP, 2021). She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, as an associate rector, with addicts and those in poverty through various churches and non-profit organizations, and, most recently, as the writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a monthly columnist with Christianity Today, and her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. She lives with her husband and three children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Christianity & Faithful Politics in a Time of Polarization: An Interview with Luke Bretherton
February 25, 2021
We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring Professor Luke Bretherton. Luke will give a short presentation on “Christianity & Faithful Politics in a time of Polarization.” It will be followed by an interview from our moderator, Christopher Howell and a Q&A session with questions from our audience.
Luke Bretherton is Robert E. Cushman Distinguished Professor of Moral and Political Theology and senior fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Before joining the Duke faculty, he was Reader in Theology & Politics and convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum at King’s College London. Alongside his scholarship, he has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, mission agencies, and churches around the world and been involved in on the ground political initiatives and campaigns. His books include Christianity & Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), winner of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing, and most recently, Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy (Eerdmans, 2019). As well as academic work, he writes in the media (including The Guardian, The Times and The Washington Post) on topics related to religion and politics.
The Inklings, Creativity, & Community: An Online Conversation with Diana Glyer
February 12, 2021
On Friday, February 12 we are delighted to partner with The Trinity Forum to welcome award-winning author and professor Diana Glyer to an Online Conversation. Glyer is intrigued by the creative process, particularly the way that creativity thrives within small groups and creative clusters. She has written extensively on the lives and work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and their beloved community known as The Inklings.
We hope you’ll join us as we hear from Diana on the importance of collaboration and the necessity of friendship to the creative process. Especially in our ongoing season of isolation and social restrictions we want to think imaginatively about how we can cultivate friendships and communities that are generative and culture-shaping.
Behind the Story of Becoming Mrs. Lewis: An Interview with Patti Callahan Henry
January 23, 2021
We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry. Patti presents on the writing of her book Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis, including insights she gained from researching their lives and relationship. It is followed by an interview from our moderator, Amber Salladin and a Q&A session with questions from our audience.
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels, including Becoming Mrs. Lewis – The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis, Now a USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and the Globe and Mail bestseller. In addition, she is the recipient of The Christy Award — 2019 Winner of the “Book of the Year.” Patti is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs, and women’s groups. The author is also the host of the popular seven-part original “Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series.” The podcast audiobook was released in January 2020. Her most recent books, The Favorite Daughter and The Perfect Love Song were released in 2019. Patti’s previous books include Losing the Moon, Between the Tides; Where the River Runs; When Light Breaks; Between the Tides; The Art of Keeping Secrets; Driftwood Summer; The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story; Coming Up for Air; And Then I Found You; The Stories We Tell; The Idea of Love; The Bookshop at Water’s End; and Becoming Mrs. Lewis. A finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, an Indie Next Pick, an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year, Patti is published in numerous languages. Her articles and essays have appeared in Southern Living, PINK, Writer’s Digest, Garden and Gun, Portico Magazine, Love Magazine (UK), Red Magazine (UK), Atlanta Journal, Birmingham Magazine, and more. Her essays can also be found in anthologies and collections such as Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy; Southern Writers Writing, and State of the Heart.
The Gifts of Narnia: Father Christmas and the Advent of Aslan
December 19, 2020
Step into the Wardrobe at the end of the longest Advent of all–a hundred years of winter in Narnia. Join Andrew and Christin Lazo in this devotional study. We’ll explore the spiritual implications of the three extraordinary gifts that Father Christmas brings the children to prepare them for the coming of Aslan: strength for Peter, healing for Lucy, and help for Susan. We’ll also search the Scriptures behind these gifts and see how they point us to Christ, the Greatest Gift of All.
Andrew Lazo is a internationally-known speaker and writer specializing on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings. Andrew earned his Masters in Modern British Literature from Rice University where he was a Jacob K. Javits fellow in the Humanities. He is a frequent speaker around the U.S. and U.K. and has written several articles on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. In 2009, Andrew published Mere Christians: Inspiring Encounters with C.S. Lewis. In 2014 he also was honored to transcribe, edit, and publish a previously unknown book of C.S. Lewis,’ “Early Prose Joy,” which was Lewis’s very first spiritual autobiography. For ten years he taught English and C. S. Lewis at St. Thomas and Houston Christian High Schools in Houston. He is currently a postulant for Holy Orders, preparing for the Episcopal priesthood at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.
Christin Ditchfield Lazo is an author, conference speaker, and syndicated radio host passionate about calling women to a deeper life — the kind of life that’s found in a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. For thirty years, Christin has been encouraging women who love Jesus, teaching them to walk with Him on a daily basis, so that they can experience a richer, deeper, more meaningful relationship with Him. As a professional freelance writer, Christin has written dozens of best-selling gospel tracts and hundreds of articles, essays, and columns for national and international magazines, such as Focus on the Family, Sports Spectrum(then a publication of Discovery House / RBC Ministries), and Power For Living. For three years, she wrote the “Everyday Theology” column for Today’s Christian (a publication of Christianity Today). She is the author of more than 75 books, translated into a dozen languages, including A Family Guide to Narnia, A Family Guide to the Bible, The Three Wise Women: A Christmas Reflection, A Way With Words, and What Women Should Know About Letting It Go. Christin speaks at conferences, retreats, banquets, and brunches around the country. For seventeen years, she hosted her own syndicated radio program, Take It To Heart!® heard daily on hundreds of stations across the United States and around the world. She’s also a frequent guest on other radio and television programs such as Midday Connection, Truth Talk Live, Dr. D. James Kennedy’s Truths That Transform, Live the Promise with Susie Larson, and Family Life Today.
Waiting on the Word
December 18, 2020
On Friday, December 18th in partnership with The Trinity Forum and The Rabbit Room we are delighted to co-host the renowned poet, singer-songwriter, and Anglican priest Malcom Guite, whose poetic works have been described by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams as offering “deep resources for prayer and meditation to the reader.”
Through his poetry, Malcolm aims to restore a quietness, inner peace, and willingness to wait unfulfilled in the dark for light to come. Practicing Advent, Malcolm says, is a countercultural and subversive act. He says, “reclaiming Advent’s rich fast will restore meaning to the even richer feast when Christmas comes.” A week before Christmas, we’ll discuss the work of waiting, the nature of our wonder-filled faith, and the hope of the incarnation. We hope you’ll join us for our final Online Conversation this Advent season!”
Why a Global Pandemic Makes Scientists’ Views of Religion Matter Even More: An Interview with Elaine Howard Ecklund
October 15, 2020
We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College webinar featuring professor Elaine Howard Ecklund. We ask Dr. Ecklund about her career, her research, and her faith. We specifically focus on beliefs of scientists about faith and the beliefs of the faithful about science. Joining Elaine in the conversation is moderator Christopher Howell.
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.
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.
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. www.dianaglyer.com
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’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 2020 as the Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies.