Tuesday, February 27, 2007
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., University Club at ASU Tempe Campus
“The Christian and the Contemporary University”
Dr. J. Stanley Mattson, Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Foundation of Redlands, California, and Oxford, England
The buffet lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the program will from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Cost of the luncheon is $10 per person, while the program is free. All university faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend this luncheon.
In addition to the luncheon on Feb. 27, Dr. Mattson will be giving a free public lecture on “Engaging Culture with Grace & Truth: C.S. Lewis, the ‘Bonny Fighter’” on Wed., Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Murdock Lecture Hall at ASU’s Tempe Campus. This lecture is open to all on the campus and in the community. See www.aslansociety.org for more information.
About the talk, “The Christian and the Contemporary University”: Charles Malik, eminent Christian philosopher and former President of the UN General Assembly, rightly observed, “The universities … directly and indirectly, dominate the world; their influence is so pervasive and total that whatever problem afflicts them is bound to have far reaching repercussions throughout the entire fabric of Western Civilization.” Given this truism, how should Christians relate to so powerful and influential an institution? Dr. Mattson will highlight current trends and underscore those conclusions that ought to inform our conduct as Christians working within and around the academy, whether as students, faculty, administrators, alumni, or parents.
About the speaker, Dr. J. Stanley Mattson: Dr. Mattson is the Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Foundation of Redlands, CA and Oxford, England. He has long been active in advancing the legacy of C.S. Lewis, renowned scholar of English medieval and renaissance literature, author, and Christian apologist. An American social and intellectual historian by training, with advanced degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dr. Mattson has served as Headmaster of The Master’s School in West Simsbury, CT, and as a member of the teaching faculties of North Carolina State University, Gordon College, MA, and the University of Redlands, CA. At Redlands he also served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations until leaving to establish the C.S. Lewis Foundation in 1986. Inspired by the life and legacy of C.S. Lewis, Dr. Mattson has labored extensively over the past twenty years to advance that legacy –
- lecturing widely on C.S. Lewis and related subjects;
- directing the Foundation’s highly regarded C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxford and Cambridge universities;
- overseeing the restoration of “The Kilns,” C.S. Lewis’ beloved home in Oxford, which now serves as home to the C.S. Lewis Study Centre for visiting scholars and hosts the Foundation’s annual C.S. Lewis Summer Seminars-in-Residence;
- and, finally, pioneering in the development of the C.S. Lewis Faculty Forum, a faculty-led initiative dedicated to networking Christian faculty from universities and colleges throughout North America and abroad with the goal of encouraging them, in the tradition of C.S. Lewis, to assume a more vital and visible role in shaping the academic and cultural climate of our time.
The C.S. Lewis Foundation is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, donor supported 501(c)3 corporation. For more information about the Foundation, go to www.cslewis.org or e-mail info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)cslewis.org or call (909) 793-0949.