C.S. Lewis Summer Institute

The Self & the Search for Meaning

Full Conference : July 28-August 8

Week 1 (Oxford) : July 28-August 2

Week 2 (Cambridge): August 3-8

Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Richard Mouw Richard Mouw President of Fuller Theological Seminary since 1993, formerly provost and senior vice president. A philosopher, scholar, and author, Mouw joined the faculty of Fuller as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics in 1985.  Previously he was Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College and also was a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.  Mouw has a broad record of publication, having served on many editorial boards, including currently Books and Culture; and he has authored 17 books, including Consulting the Faithful; The Smell of Sawdust: What Evangelicals Can Learn from Their Fundamentalist Heritage; He Shines in All That’s Fair: Culture and Common Grace; Wonderful Words of Life; Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport;and his newly released, Praying at Burger King (March 2007), which offers a collection of warm, conversational reflections on faith and everyday life. A regular columnist on beliefnet.com, Mouw also serves as a panelist in the online forum “On Faith” offered by Newsweek and the Washington Post.
Wilfred McClay Wilfred McClay — SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He is a member of the National Council on the Humanities, a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, and a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. In spring of 2007 he served as Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Rome.  A specialist in American intellectual and cultural history, he has authored or edited a number of books, including his prize-winning study The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America and, with Hugh Heclo, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America. His most recent work is a collection called Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past, featuring sixteen essays by American historians on changing American understandings of self and person.  He serves on the boards of First Things, The Wilson Quarterly, Society, Touchstone, Historically Speaking, and Mars Hill

Plenary Speakers

Francis Collins

Francis Collins M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He led the successful effort to complete the Human Genome Project (HGP).  He earned a B.S. from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Yale University, and an M.D. from the University of North Carolina. Following a fellowship in Human Genetics at Yale, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he remained until moving to NIH in 1993. His research has led to the identification of genes responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington's disease and Hutchison-Gilford progeria syndrome. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and internationally acclaimed poet, critic, educator, and former business executive; influential literary anthologist and critic; long-time commentator on American culture and literature for BBC Radio; his poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in many periodicals; founder of "Teaching Poetry," a conference dedicated to improving high school teaching of poetry and the West Chester University Poetry Conference, the nation's largest annual all-poetry writing conference; best known for Can Poetry Matter?, his book on the role of poetry in contemporary culture. His collection of poems, Interrogations at Noon, one of three full-length books of poetry, won the 2002 American Book Award.

Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey —Significant Christian thinker and one of the most popular Christian writers of our generation.  His books explore the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of faith.  He has written twelve Gold Medallion Award-winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies each. His latest book is Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? Yancey also serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today magazine.

Paul Vitz

Paul Vitz — Professor and Senior Scholar at the Institute for Psychological Sciences, a Catholic Graduate School in Arlington, VA.  For many years he was Professor of Psychology at New York University. His work is focused on the integration of Christian theology and psychology, breaking from the secular humanism and post-modern relativism prevalent today. Dr. Vitz's books include Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship; Sigmund Freud's Christian Unconscious; Modern Art and Modern Science: The Parallel Analysis of Vision; and Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism. Vitz is on the Advisory Board of the Catholic Educator's Resource Center. He has published well over 100 articles and essays.  An on-line resource for his published works may be found at www.paulvitz.com

Richard Swinburne Richard Swinburne — Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at the University of Oxford (1985-2002), Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy.  In 1982-84 he gave the series of Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, providing a philosophical account of the nature of the human person as an underpinning of a Christian understanding of the nature of the soul. His most recent books include Faith and Reason, 2nd edition (2005), The Existence of God, 2nd edition (2004), The Resurrection of God Incarnate (2003), and Was Jesus God? (forthcoming, 2008).
Laurie Beth Jones Laurie Beth Jones — Internationally recognized Christian business author, speaker, and coach who is Founder and President of Laurie Beth Jones, Inc., a leading provider of transformational tools for personal growth and team training through personal and family experiential workshops, team training and development, business retreats, as well as via speaking engagements. She is the national best-selling author of several books including Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership, The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and Life, and The Four Elements of Succes.  Previously she had founded and, for 15 years, owned a successful advertising agency.
Colleen Carroll Campbell Colleen Carroll Campbell —Author, columnist, television and radio host and former White House speechwriter.  A former news and editorial writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2000, Campbell won a $50,000 Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship to write The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy. A graduate of Marquette University, she then began work toward a Ph.D. in philosophy at Saint Louis University but interrupted her studies to become one of six speechwriters to President Bush. Now a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center, she is an op-ed columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a frequent commentator on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and PBS, a regular contributor to such national publications as The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, and First Things, and host of “Faith & Culture,” a television and radio interview show that airs internationally on EWTN.
Nigel Cameron Nigel Cameron —President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (c-pet.org), a new nonpartisan think tank in Washington, DC, and Research Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He also directs the IIT-affiliated Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future, a civil society coalition from left and right of the cultural spectrum focused on issues of technology and human dignity, and is a director of 2020health.org, a UK health policy think tank. Cameron has published widely in theology, bioethics, and technology policy. His books include Are Christians Human? (recently re-issued on Mars Hill Audio), Human Dignity in the Biotech Century (co-editor), How to be a Christian in a Brave New World (co-authored with Joni Eareckson Tada), and the just-published Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives for the Nano Century (co-editor).  He has represented the U.S. as bioethics advisor on delegations to the United Nations, is a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and in 2008, was appointed the U.S. nominee to be the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.
Patrick Brennan Patrick Brennan — John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies at Villanova University.  He is a graduate of Yale College, the University of Toronto, and UC Berkeley.  In addition to having co-authored By Nature Equal: The Anatomy of a Western Insight (Princeton, 1999) and edited Civilizing Authority: Society, State, and Church (Lexington, 2007) and The Vocation of a Child (Eerdmans, 2008), he has published more than 35 articles and book chapters on topics in jurisprudence,  law and religion, Catholic social doctrine, and American public law.
Nancey Murphy Nancey Murphy — Professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Seminary, Dr. Murphy is a highly sought-after speaker on the relationship between theology and science. She serves on the board of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley and is a member of the Planning Committee for conferences on science and theology sponsored by the Vatican Observatory.  A prolific writer, Murphy’s first book, Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning, received awards from the Templeton Foundation and the American Academy of Religion. Her most recent publications are Evolution and Emergence: Systems, Organisms (2007) and Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? (2006), and a book in press, Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (co-authored with Warren Brown). Murphy serves as an editorial advisor for Theology and Science and Theology Today. She is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren.
Bill Romanowski William Romanowski — Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. Romanowski teaches courses in film, communication and culture studies. He earned a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University.  His book, Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture (Brazos Press, 2001) received the 2002 ECPA Gold Medallion Award and a revised and expanded second edition was published in 2007.  A three-part DVD series based on Eyes Wide Open was a 2002 Aegis Award Winner and received a Communicator Award of Distinction 2002.  Romanowski has also worked as a musical and dramatic performer and lectures regularly on subjects dealing with American culture and the entertainment industry.
Diana Glyer

Diana Pavlac Glyer Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. She has been widely recognized for her work on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. 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), APU's Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award (2002), and the Imperishable Flame Award for Tolkien Scholarship (2007). Her latest book is The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community.

Bruce Herman Bruce Herman Chair and Professor of Art at Gordon College in Wenham, MA and Director of The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts. He lectures widely and has had work published in many books, journals, and popular magazines.  His artwork has been exhibited in over 50 exhibitions in eleven major American cities and in five other countries.  His paintings, prints, and drawings explore the perennial human dilemma – the longing for transcendence and the paradoxical reality of human mortality with all its melancholy, hope, and comic/tragic truth. He also frequently draws upon the Bible for images and inspiration, finding in it an inexhaustible reservoir of beauty and meaning.
Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite Chaplain and Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge, and teacher of Literature and Pastoral Theology for the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. Trained for the Priesthood at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, he was ordained in 1990. His doctoral thesis focused on the links between the theology of Lancelot Andrewes and the poetry of T.S. Eliot. Guite is involved with a number of projects linking theology and the arts, and has published poetry, literary criticism and theology in various journals. His book, What do Christians Believe?, was published by Granta in 2006. As founder of the rock band, Mystery Train, Guite writes lyrics and performs on guitar and vocals.

John Polkinghorne John Polkinghorne Physicist and theologian; President Emeritus, Queen’s College, Cambridge; Fellow of the Royal Society; Canon Theologian of Liverpool; author of many works on science and religion, including The God of Hope and the End of the World; awarded the Templeton Prize for Science and Religion in 2002 and also in that year became the Founding President of the International Society for Science and Religion.
John Cooper

John W. CooperProfessor of Philosophical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan and ordained Christian Reformed Minister; former United States Army Chaplain’s Assistant.  Cooper studied at the University of Toronto and Calvin Theological Seminary. In addition to dozens of articles, Cooper’s published work includes, Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting: Biblical Anthropology and the Monism-Dualism Debate.


Preachers & Meditation Leaders

Todd Lake picture Todd Lake, Summer Institute ChaplainVice President for Spiritual Development at Belmont University, Nashville, Prior to that, Todd held the position of Dean for University Life at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and co-pastored (with his wife, Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake) an interracial Baptist church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that was deeply involved in community ministries to the poor, immigrants and prisoners. Lake earned his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College. He has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, a legislative aide in California working on bills to protect migrant farm workers, and a summer missionary in Germany and Los Angeles, his hometown. He has taught theology, education and business ethics on both the undergraduate and graduate level, and he is the author of numerous articles on the power of Christian faith to effect societal change.
Derick Bingham Derick Bingham — Teaching pastor at Christchurch, Belfast, No. Ireland, a non-denominational evangelical church.  Also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, he has been a popular author of 23 books and a well known public speaker, including the Keswick Conventions.  He serves as a presenter for United Christian Broadcasters TV network on documentaries of great Christian lives, including William Wilberforce, C.S. Lewis, Amy Carmichael and Michael Faraday. His recent biography of C.S. Lewis, A Shiver of Wonder (2005), seeks to show the deep influence of the environments of Belfast and County Down on Lewis’ imagination, and traces the hand of God in seeking Lewis, who so actively denied God for many years. Bingham formerly taught English and literature at Lurgan College and conducted public Bible classes in Scotland and Northern Ireland, which were attended by thousands. He broadcasts weekly for TransWorld Radio into Europe and the Middle East, and travels internationally teaching and preaching the Gospel.
John Guest John Guest — Born and raised in Oxford, England, John graduated from Trinity College, Bristol and was ordained by the Church of England in 1961. He came to the United States in 1964, and formed one of the first Christian contemporary music groups known as the Excursions. In 1968, he became the Minister of Youth at St. Stephens Church in Sewickley, PA (a suburb of Pittsburgh) and four years later the senior pastor.  Beginning in 1990 he conducted city-wide evangelistic crusades across America as part of the John Guest Evangelistic Team (JGET).He has been called, "the thinking person's evangelist", a term that describes his gift for combining brilliant apologetics with a powerful speaking style, earning the respect of historical critics of crusade evangelism.  He returned to the pastorate in 1995, at Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, PA.  Guest is the author of ten books. He co-founded Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry, was a participant in the Lausanne Committee or World Evangelism, and a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals. He founded the Coalition of Christian Outreach, an evangelistic organization employing approximately 150 staff on college campuses.
John Lennox John Lennox — Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy and Chaplain at Green College Oxford and Senior Fellow of the Whitefield Institute in Oxford. Dr. Lennox has been a Senior Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Wuerzburg and Freiburg in Germany and a visiting professor at Universities of Vienna, Alberta and Bar Ilan. He has lectured in many universities abroad, including in the former Soviet Union as an invitee of the Academy of Sciences. He has published over 70 articles on Algebra and co-authored a major research monograph. He is currently writing a further major research monograph for Oxford University Press and lectures in the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. He is co-author of a number of books including the forthcoming God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, Christianity: Opium or Truth?, Key Biblical Concepts, The Bible and Moral Education, and The Definition of Christianity.
Earl Palmer Earl Palmer — Senior pastor of University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA since 1991.  Prior to that he served as senior minister at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 1970 to 1991.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Princeton Theological Seminary, the Board of Governors at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., and the Board of Trustees at New College Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.  As a noted speaker, Rev. Palmer has authored nearly two dozen books including many commentaries on various books of the Bible.
Kallistos Ware Kallistos Ware Metropolitan of Diokleia (Timothy Ware) became a lecturer at Oxford in 1966, teaching Eastern Orthodox Studies, a position which he held for 35 years until his retirement.  In 1982, he was consecrated to the episcopacy as an auxiliary bishop with the title Bishop of Diokleia, appointed to serve as the assistant to the Bishop of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. Despite his elevation, Metr. Kallistos remained in Oxford and carried on his duties both as the parish priest of the Oxford Greek Orthodox community and as a lecturer at the University. Since his retirement in 2001, Metr. Kallistos has continued to publish and to give lectures on Orthodox Christianity, travelling widely.  He is the Chairman of the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue.  He is perhaps best known as the author of the book The Orthodox Church, published when he was a layman in 1963 and subsequently revised several times. More recently, he produced a companion volume, The Orthodox Way.
William Willimon William Willimon — Elected in July 2004 as Bishop of The United Methodist Church. Willimon leads the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, NC.  He is the author of nearly sixty books, over a million copies of which have been sold, and a number of which have been translated into eight languages.  He has published over 600 scholarly articles. In 1996, an international survey named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Willimon is the second most widely-read author by mainline Protestant pastors. He is Editor-at-Large for The Christian Century and also serves on the editorial boards of The Christian Ministry, Preaching, The Wittenburg Door, and Leadership.

Faculty Award Recipient

Malcolm Jeeves

Malcolm Jeeves — Dr. Jeeves is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where he had served since 1969.  He was honored by the Queen as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) for his services to Psychology in Britain. He was elected President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy of Science and the Humanities from 1996 to 1999.  A Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science of Britain, of the British Psychological Society, and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his main scientific research interests have been in neuropsychology.  His book publications also include those on the subject of science and Christian belief, including Psychology through the Eyes of Faith; Human Nature at the Millennium; From Cells to Souls - and Beyond; and Human Nature: Reflections on the Integration of Psychology and Christianity.

* Note: Speaker lineup is subject to change without notice.

** Views and positions of speakers do not necessarily reflect those of the C.S. Lewis Foundation.



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