Oklahoma Baptist University

OBU Offers C.S. Lewis Study Tour to UK

Dr. Glenn Sanders

More than 60 years ago, C.S. Lewis strolled the hills of Northern Ireland and imagined a world filled with fantastic beasts and grand adventures. OBU invites students, alumni, retired professors and friends of the University to join his musings with their own adventure: an onsite study tour of the author’s life.

“C.S. Lewis: Pathway to Narnia” is a 10-day study tour to Belfast and Oxford, United Kingdom, slated for late August 2013 to be led by Dr. Glenn Sanders, OBU professor of history and chair of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Participants will enjoy 10 days in Northern Ireland and Southern England touring sites associated with C.S. Lewis and his life around Belfast. The sites include Campbell College, where Lewis studied for a term; the north coast of Ireland; Dunluce Castle; Magdalen College, Oxford; and Giant’s Causeway.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and an influential Christian writer. His major contributions in literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than 30 books, including the still-popular series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Mere Christianity” and “The Screwtape Letters.”

Lewis and his close personal friend J.R.R. Tolkien served on the English faculty at Oxford University. They were core members of the informal Oxford literary group, the “Inklings,” which met twice weekly. Lewis was also well-known for his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity.

The cost of the trip will range from $4,000 to $4,500 per person, which includes round-trip airfare, lodging, bus and ferry fares, entrance fees and several meals. Course credit is available. The deadline to sign up for the trip is mid-October 2012.

For more information or to express interest in the trip, contact Sanders at (405) 878-2215 or glenn.sanders@okbu.edu.

Click here to learn more about C.S. Lewis.

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