Afternoon Seminar Leaders

Afternoon seminars take place on three afternoons during the 2020 C.S. Lewis Summer Institute. The event faculty on this list will be teaching these “mini-courses” on a variety of topics, which will be announced in early 2020. More will be added as they are confirmed. Afternoon seminars will be announced in spring 2020.


(In alpha order)

Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn is an internationally bestselling author with more than seven million books in print in twenty languages. Born and raised in North Carolina, he studied economics and psychology, going on to become, at the age of twenty-nine, the director of an international business advisory group based in Dusseldorf, Germany. To say that Davis was dissatisfied with his business career does not even begin to describe him. He was, in a word, profoundly miserable.

When he was twenty-nine, Davis began writing fiction. It was the first time in his life he had ever written anything longer than a business report.  He had always been a voracious reader, and within two weeks of this trial run, Davis knew he had found the work that he wanted to continue for the rest of his life.

Davis wrote for nine years and completed seven books before his first was accepted for publication.  A number of people aided him in achieving this dream of becoming a published author, including Arthur C. Clarke, his first mentor.

Davis has now been a professional novelist for twenty-four years. He has appeared on numerous national bestseller lists, and his titles have been Main or Featured Selections with every major U.S. bookclub. Davis has been honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, among other accolades. He serves as Writer in Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.


Kim Gilnett

Kim Gilnett serves as Marketing Associate for the School of Fine and Performing Arts, Seattle Pacific University.

His study of Lewis has afforded him the opportunity to meet a number of Lewis’s friends and scholars.

For nearly 25 years, Kim has traveled each year to The Kilns, Lewis’s former home, owned by the C.S. Lewis Foundation, where he has been actively involved in ensuring the historical accuracy of its restoration and in conducting the Summer Seminars-in-Residence. He currently serves as a Trustee of the C.S. Lewis Foundation (U.K.).


Scott Key

Scott Key serves as professor of Philosophy at California Baptist University. He has served CBU for 32 years in a variety of areas including Director of the Great Works Program (a 4 year great books program), Department Chair, director of two off-campus program sites, and a regular part of the Honors Program faculty.

He is currently working on a book exploring the way the Christian worldview can provide resources for Christian scholars to engage the basic assumptions of their discipline and discover new and creative areas of research that will both deepen the insights discovered through the methodologies used by the discipline, and open new areas of thought that will make significant contributions.

He also serves as Program Director of the C.S. Lewis Study Center in Northfield, Massachusetts, an affiliate of the C.S. Lewis Foundation.


Alan Noble

Alan Noble is assistant professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University and cofounder and editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture.

He is the author of Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. Alan has written articles for Christian publications such as Modern Reformation, InTouch Magazine, and Christianity Today and for secular publications like VOX, Buzzfeed, and The Atlantic.

He has been interviewed, quoted, or cited in a number of major publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, MTV News, MSNBC, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Politico, Village Voice, Yahoo! News, ThinkProgress, The Blaze, WORLD Magazine, and Slate.

He has spoken at colleges, churches, and youth groups on a range of topics related to the church and culture.


Amber Salladin

Amber Salladin is the music director of Emmanuel Anglican Church New York City, the principal pianist of the New York Session Symphony, and Assistant Conductor of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

She lived overseas for 12 years, working as a conductor, accompanist, arranger, music teacher, singer, and church musician in both Vancouver, Canada, and London, England.

She previously served on the music staff at St. John’s Vancouver Anglican Church and St James Muswell Hill.

Amber has also served the C.S. Lewis Foundation for over 15 years in various capacities, including Artist Coordinator, Summer Institute Choir member, and Worship Leader/Accompanist.


Lancia E. Smith

Lancia E. Smith is President and Co-Founder of an environmental consulting and engineering firm based in Denver CO. She has been photographing professionally for 30 years and spent many years in publishing and graphic design. Having served in church leadership capacities for more than 25 years, she has an extensive background in lay counseling in addiction recovery, bereavement, and women survivors of abuse.

Lancia writes on topics related to C.S. Lewis and arts intersecting culture. She hosts the website Cultivating the Good, the True and the Beautiful at lanciaesmith.com and is the founder of The Cultivating Project, a project highlighting spiritual and creative excellence in the lives of believing creatives. Lancia is currently writing two books related to the influence of faith-infused art in culture and the character formation of writers.

Lancia is also a Regional Representative for the C.S. Lewis Foundation, serving in a variety of capacities including our Program Planning Committee (various events), our Event Management Team, organizational development consulting, and official photography for Foundation events.


Gail Standish Ward

Gail Standish Ward is a visual artist, and writer. She trained as both an art historian and visual artist. She taught art classes at private high schools for over 20 years.

She shares studio space with Franklin Creative Suites in Franklin, Tennessee, a spot where writers, photographers, designers, and other artists rent affordable studio space.

In addition, Gail teaches writing workshops and cooking classes.


More afternoon seminar leaders will be added soon!

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