SCU Students Enjoy C.S. Lewis-Inspired Trip

By Tyler Moss

A group of Southwestern Christian University students had a unique opportunity to take a trip to Chicago, Ill., earlier this semester for an in-depth look at the work of author C.S. Lewis.

Professor Shelley Groves, who teaches a class called “The World of C.S. Lewis” at SCU, led the trip that featured a visit to the Marion E. Wade Center on the campus of Chicago’s Wheaton College. The facility houses a large collection of articles, letters, dissertations, and other pieces written by or about a group of authors that Lewis was a part of known as “The Inklings”.

Students had the unique opportunity to view original writings and first editions of the books that they are currently reading in Groves’ class, as well as original words and sketches from Lewis.

Tiffany Owen, one of the students who participated in the trip, gushed about the impact that some of Lewis’s more personal writings had on her.

“Reading all of the letters from C.S. Lewis to the children allowed me to get to see his heart,” Owen said.
The students also had the opportunity to hear a lecture given by the Director of the Wade Center, who had great stories and information about C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, George McDonald and a number of other authors.

Chad Arnold isn’t taking Groves’ class, but that didn’t stop him from absorbing all that the Wade Center had to offer. “It was really cool seeing how relevant the authors are today, well after their lifetime,” Arnold said. “It is refreshing to know that someone can create something that can impact so many generations and benefit the kingdom of God.”