A lecture by Prof. Carol Zaleski (Smith College)
This lecture is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Duke Catholic Center.
How did C. S. Lewis become the most influential voice of Christian orthodoxy in the modern world, inspiring Catholics, Anglicans, and “mere Christians” across confessional lines? An answer, to be explored in this lecture, may be found in Lewis’s special brand of romanticism, a “romanticism without rebellion” anchored in faith, reason, and tradition.
Carol Zaleski is the Professor of World Religions at Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts, where she has been teaching philosophy of religion, world religions, religion and literature, and Catholic thought since 1989. She is the author of Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experience in Medieval and Modern Times (Oxford University Press) and The Life of the World to Come: Near-Death Experience and Christian Hope (Oxford University Press); and she is co-author with Philip Zaleski of Prayer: A History (Houghton Mifflin), The Book of Heaven (Oxford University Press), and The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).