Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Meet Our Speakers

Michael Ward is Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall in the University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas.  He is the author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (OUP, 2008), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (CUP, 2010).  He presented the BBC television documentary, The Narnia Code (2009).

Bruce L. Edwards is Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He has served as Fulbright Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya (1999-2000), a Bradley Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC (1989-90), and as the S. W. Brooks Memorial Professor of Literature at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (1988). Bruce’s publications include C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy (Praeger Press, 2008) and books on The Chronicles of Narnia: Not a Tame Lion (Tyndale, 2005) and Further Up and Further In: Understanding C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Broadman, 2005).  He has published two previous books on Lewis, including A Rhetoric of Reading: C. S. Lewis’s Defense of Western Literacy and The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer.
Dr. Rick Hill was one of the small group of organizers who initiated the Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends at Taylor University.  He edited the proceedings from the colloquium for many years.  Rick has served on the Point Loma Nazarene University faculty since 2000. His scholarly work includes books on Mark Twain and C.S. Lewis, including Teaching C.S. Lewis : a handbook for professors, church leaders, and Lewis enthusiasts.  He has published poetry, fiction, essays and creative nonfiction in numerous journals.  His memoir We're All From Somewhere Else: A Southern California Childhood  won a 2011 San Diego Book Award. Rick served as program chair and conference book editor for the International Colloquium on C. S. Lewis and Friends.