Reclaiming the Ideals of Academia: A Reflection from the Lewis and Friends Colloquium

I had the opportunity to travel with Laura and some others to this amazing conference. I would like to take some time to blog about my experience. Until I do, Laura’s thoughts about “Ideals of Academia” is key for anyone in research or education.

Sunlit Fields

20160602_195413I just spent a very refreshing weekend in the good company of friends and colleagues at Taylor University’s Lewis and Friends Colloquium (June 2-5). I’ve been to various conferences in the past relating to the Wade authors, but upon reflection what made this one memorable was two main qualities:

  1. The level of scholarship in the presentations
  2. The camaraderie & collegiality of the participants

If you look at the speaker list then #1 is no surprise! However I want to focus on #2, which in my estimation is far more difficult to achieve in any group setting as it requires “buy in” from all in attendance, and a conducive atmosphere in which to flourish. Let me back up a little here to explain why I find this quality such a refreshing attribute.

Academia is, to put it mildly, a challenging world and certainly not for the faint of heart. Experts in their fields are honed to…

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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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2 Responses to Reclaiming the Ideals of Academia: A Reflection from the Lewis and Friends Colloquium

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    I cast so fleeting an eye at title and personal pronoun the other day that I assumed, in wanting to get back to it, that this already was your blogging about your own experience with impressive rapidity! But it was the impressive rapidity of Laura – of whose blog I somehow managed to be quite unaware: so, thanks twice over for the reblog!


  2. Pingback: 5 Ways to Find Open Source Academic Research on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings | A Pilgrim in Narnia

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