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Marion E. Wade Center

A living literary center of scholarly, artistic,
and ongoing spiritual renewal

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The Marion E. Wade Center promotes cultural engagement and spiritual formation by offering a collection of resources available nowhere else in the world. We emphasize the ongoing relevance of seven British Christian authors who provide a distinctive blend of intellect, imagination, and faith: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. The Wade Center implements these goals by 

  • Assisting scholars in their study of unique materials by and about these seven authors in order to generate new understandings;
  • Sharing insights with a broader audience through our numerous programs and publications;
  • Supporting artistic works inspired by our authors;
  • Welcoming visitors to our museum.

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Benjamin Weber

Caught in a Net of Words: J.R.R. Tolkien's Translation of "Beowulf"

Dr. Benjamin Weber, Assistant Professor of English at Wheaton College, will discuss J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of Beowulf and the impact Tolkien's vast learning in medieval literature left on his creative process. The lecture will take place in Bakke Auditorium on January 22 at 4:00 p.m., and is co-sponsored with the Wheaton College Tolkien Society.

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Choosing Community: Action, Faith, and Joy in the Works of Dorothy L. Sayers

The third volume in the Hansen Lecture Series, by Christine Colón, is available for sale at the Wade Center and from InterVarsity Press Academic. In the book, Colón explores the role of community in Dorothy L. Sayers's works. In particular, she considers how Sayers offers a vision of communities called to action, faith, and joy, and she reflects on how we also are called to live in community together.

Matthew Milliner

2019-2020 Hansen Lectures with Matt Milliner

Matt Milliner, Associate Professor of Art History, will be presenting three lectures using insights from G.K. Chesterton as a guide to understanding the broad sweep of Native American art, especially in the Midwest as the 2019-2020 Hansen Lectureship series titled: "Turtle Island Renaissance."

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