An Evening with C.S. Lewis

John Margida

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On Nov. 15 “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” will take place at 7 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. The role of C.S. Lewis will be portrayed by David Payne.

This event is a drama production that has proven to be a hit having over 500 performances and being seen by thousands of people.

Dr. Mark Hamilton, a philosophy professor at Ashland University, is in charge of this event.

“The audience will experience an inside look at the thoughts and character of Christianity’s most impactful writer of the 20th century, C.S. Lewis,” Hamilton said. “David Payne portrays Lewis in an amazing way. Even Lewis’s stepson, Douglas, was overwhelmed at the similarities when he saw Payne perform.”

An Evening with C.S. Lewis begins with the year being 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is in the twilight years of his life and has agreed to give an informal talk to a group of American writers who are visiting England.

They have come to Lewis’ home, just outside of Oxford, and are eagerly anticipating hearing the man whose books have brought him worldwide fame. The audience will catch some insight, creativity, and thought that Lewis brought to his faith.
Hamilton said that this event is very relevant to students at Ashland.

“Lewis is generally an acceptable personality in the 21st-century academy due to his brilliance and his creativity,” Hamilton said. “Ashland is a very non-sectarian university with strong Christian sympathies; that is also a clear definition of who Lewis was. Furthermore, I have taught a class on Lewis at AU for about thirty years which makes Lewis very relevant to AU.”

This will be the fifth lecture in the Faith and Society Lecture Series, which is designed to give AU students the ability to hear experts discuss critical topics of faith and its implications in contemporary society.

Those with questions regarding the event can contact Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor of philosophy, at [email protected] or 419.606.0197. The event, which is part of AU’s Faith and Society lecture series, is free and open to the public.

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