The C.S. Lewis Foundation Is Pleased To Present
A Program of the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns
BRANCHES TO HEAVEN:
THE GENIUSES OF C.S. LEWIS
Session I: July 29 - August 4, 2001
Session II: August 5 - August 11, 2001
Engaging the Mind
Lewis admirers and critics alike will be astonished to learn that Lewis was far from the settled convert he appeared to be. Yet, this very unsettled state--which Lewis himself found alarming— was the source for the challenging and appealing tension in his work. It also fueled his unrelenting commitment to inquiry and apologetics. In the service of this vocation of inquiry, Lewis exercised his overarching rhetorical genius – a dazzling adroitness at suiting word, voice and argument to a particular purpose that always managed to be healthfully militant, compelling and persuasive.
Participants will be given ample time for open dialogue and free discourse as they explore Lewis’ inner landscape – the core of both his spiritual insight and his intellectual greatness.
DR. JAMES COMO, a professor of rhetoric and public communication at York College of the City University of New York, has most recently authored Branches To Heaven: The Geniuses of C.S. Lewis. He is also the editor of C.S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table and Other Reminiscences, the author of numerous articles on Lewis, and a founder of The New York C.S. Lewis Society (whose Bulletin, CSL, he edited for nearly ten years). Dr. Como holds an advanced degree in medieval literature from Fordham and in rhetoric from Columbia. He is the father of two grown children and lives with his wife in Westchester County, New York. Dr. Como is a member of The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, a regular lecturer at The fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the C.S. Lewis Foundation; recently he was a featured presenter at the Southern California Regional RoundTable on Christian Faith and the Academic Profession sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation Faculty Forum. An Enchanted Destination
There are six BEDROOMS scattered throughout the house. All are furnished with comfortable beds, fine linens, wardrobes, oriental rugs, wing back chairs, bedside lamps, fresh flowers and a drop leaf desk where one might choose to take a moment to pen a postcard from The Kilns. Varying in size and located throughout the home on two floors, each room is equipped in traditional English fashion with a sink and mirror and share access to the home’s bathroom, shower and three water closets.
Guests may partake of breakfast, afternoon tea, or perhaps pre-dinner apéritifs in the DINING ROOM of The Kilns. Carefully prepared meals will be served in this homey, light-filled room, with its lovely view of the BEAUTIFUL GARDENS just outside its mullioned windows. There, inviting lawn chairs in the summer sun or cool evening breeze will add to the day’s contentment.
Just across the entry hall from the dining room one finds the COMMON ROOM. Although no longer smoke-filled, it offers comfortable couches, easy chairs, book-lined walls, and a large walnut desk. Here, one can easily imagine the days when Lewis entertained friends, penned a letter to a child, or entered into hearty debate with the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, Warnie, or Joy.
At the north end of the house, one finds the lovely, spacious, paneled LIBRARY, which will provide the setting for many of the lectures and discussions. The Library is also a lovely sanctuary for a quiet and thoughtful escape at day’s end. A full complement of TELEPHONE, FAX, and COMPUTER with INTERNET ACCESS will be made readily available for the use of guest’s.The Pleasure of Dining
Our travel parties will be limited to the small company of Kilns residents taking part in "Branches," in an attempt to provide increased camaraderie, flexibility and comfort. The services of professional guides, who are well acquainted with the legacy of C.S. Lewis and skilled in the culture and history of England, will also be made readily available. Participants will delight in the opportunity to meet several famed Lewis scholars and friends in the historic setting of The Kilns. Travelers who seek an engaging academic experience partnered with exploration, shopping, and dining will find their time at The Kilns provides all of this and much more.
KIM GILNETT, serves as Marketing Associate for the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Seattle Pacific University, but his abiding passion as an anglophile and a true Lewisian has made him into a highly experienced and engaging tour leader. His study of Lewis began in the early 1970s and has afforded him the opportunity to meet a number of Lewis’ friends and scholars. As a Board member of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, Mr. Gilnett has applied his profound understanding of England and the Anglican Church to enrich four C.S. Lewis Summer Institutes. Most recently, he has spent a decade of summers at the Kilns, where he has been actively involved in ensuring the historical accuracy of The Kilns Restoration.
A Letter from the President
For over fourteen years, the C.S. Lewis Foundation has successfully coordinated programs that offer rich intellectual stimulation while also providing unique opportunities for creative cultural pursuits. Continuing a tradition that hinges upon a lively and integrated approach to learning with an emphasis on active scholarship, we are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new type of summer programming at The C.S. Lewis Study Centre in Oxford, England.
"Branches To Heaven: The Geniuses of C.S. Lewis" will offer a select group of 16 individuals unparalleled access to C.S. Lewis’ home, The Kilns. Participants will enjoy lectures by learned scholars, engaging dialogue, fine culinary cuisine as well as personalized tours of the region that will offer flexibility, service and personal attention. What is sure to be an unforgettable experience, this specially designed program will be steeped, like a fine cup of tea, in a rich brew of English tradition.
Join us this summer in a place where time magically comes to a halt and one finds respite from the hectic pace of modern day life. Whether unwinding in the gardens, enjoying a good book, or partaking of tea while conversing with one’s companions, you will find that "Branches To Heaven: The Geniuses of C.S. Lewis will surely relax the spirit, engage the mind, and inspire the soul. This is the definitive experience for Lewis lovers of all ages. If you count yourself one of us, you simply won’t want to miss it.
Under the mercy,
J. Stanley Mattson, Ph.D.
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