Thursday, December, 2005
11:45 a.m., University Club
Dr. Del Kehl on “The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” aslan(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)asu.edu
This is our annual Christmas luncheon of the Aslan Society. We will celebrate this holiday season with traditional carols and a special presentation on C.S. Lewis’s classic book, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Dr. Del Kehl, emeritus professor of English, will share his insights as a Lewis scholar in a talk entitled, “The Place of the Lion in The Chronicles of Narnia : Theology of the Lion’s Tale”– especially appropriate as Aslan the Lion is our Society’s namesake. In addition, we will show a brief preview of the outstanding new film based on the book, to be released in theatres on Dec. 9. As a final bonus, Turkish Delight will be served! Cost of the luncheon is $10, but anyone may attend the program without charge.
Dr. D.G. (Del) Kehl, Professor of English Emeritus at ASU, received the Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and did further graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Fordham University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Occidental College. He has been Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School and Research Fellow at both Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has done research on John Steinbeck at the Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas, on Mark Twain at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, on Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College, Milledgeville, Georgia, and most recently on C.S. Lewis at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College. He has published three books and numerous articles on American literature, and has taught a variety of courses dealing with American literature and ethics, American literature and humor, American literature and the Holocaust, literature and the visual arts, literature and theology, as well as courses on C.S. Lewis and, most recently, a course on “C.S. Lewis and His American Cousin, Mr. Hawthorne.” Dr. Kehl’s talk, titled “The Place of the Lion in The Chronicles of Narnia : Theology of the Lion’s Tale,” will discuss the identity and role of Aslan (Turkish for “lion”) as a fitting prelude to the release of Disney’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on December 9. Attendees will also be able to sample Lewis’s symbolic Turkish Delight, fresh from the Grand Bazaar in Instanbul, Turkey.
C.S. Lewis’ timeless adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe follows the exploits of four siblings — Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter — in World War II England. They enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of hide-and-seek in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover that a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants has become a world cursed by the evil White Witch, Jadis, to be “always winter and never Christmas.” Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch’s powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle to free Narnia from Jadis’ icy spell forever.