Speaking

I speak regularly on topics related to Tolkien, Lewis, and imaginative apologetics, in both the U.S. and internationally. If you are interested in having me come to do a lecture for your conference, university, or group, please be in touch! My email address is hordway (at) hbu (dot) edu.

See below for my upcoming and recent speaking engagements:

2017

February 7: “Past Watchful Dragons: Imaginative Apologetics and Why We Need It” – Regina Angelorum Academy, Ardmore, PA.

February 21: St Joseph the Workman Cathedral Young Adult group.

April 4: “Not God’s Type: From Atheism to Catholicism” – Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY.

June 12: Blackfriars Hall Young Adult group.

June 28: Regent University – Oxford Study Abroad program.

July 25 & 27: “Imaginative Apologetics” sessions – C.S. Lewis “Oxbridge” Summer Institute, Oxford, England.

September 16: “The Effects of Friendship: The Influence of the Inklings on J.R.R. Tolkien.” Canadian Round Table, Cambridge, England.

September 23: “Tolkien’s Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages”.  With Michael Ward, for “Influences on the Work of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.” Madison, WI.

October 4: “From Atheist to Catholic: The Apologetics of Imagination” – Mount Saint Mary Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.

October 15: St Jerome’s Church, Oconomowoc, WI.

November 3: Ratio Christi, Sam Houston University, Houston,  TX.

December 17: Writespace workshop: “Memoir 101”. Houston, TX.

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2018

January 30: “Hidden in Plain Sight: Tolkien’s Influences from Children’s Literature and Popular Fiction.” The Oxford C.S. Lewis Society, Oxford, England.

February 7: Portsmouth Christian Academy, Dover, NH.

March 24: HBU Apologetics Day conference, The Woodlands, TX

April 12: Center for Christian Faith and Culture, Malone University, Canton, OH

April 13: “Tolkien and the Function of Fantasy”. C.S. Lewis Institute of Northeast Ohio – Community lecture, Youngstown, OH

April 14: “Imaginative Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Need It”. C.S. Lewis Institute of Northeast Ohio – Fellows Program, Youngstown, OH.

July 27-29: keynote & workshop: Steubenville Defending the Faith Conference, Steubenville, OH.

November 22: Newman Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

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Previous speaking engagements:

2016:

January 19: “Tolkien’s Modern (!) Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages” – the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society, Oxford, England.

February 13: Reasons to Believe: “Metaphor and Meaning: The Role of Imagination in Communication about Science and Faith” – Houston, TX

February 16: “Not God’s Type: From Atheism to Catholicism.” Legatus, Houston, TX.

February 28: “C.S. Lewis as an Integrated Apologist” – Bible & Beer Consortium, Houston, TX

May 14: “Blogging 101: Developing Your Writing Online” – Writespace, Houston, TX.

TBD, week of July 17-22: Charles Williams – Inklings Week in Oxford

July 21: Auburn University at Montgomery, at The Kilns, in Oxford, England

Aug. 7: “Modern Medievalists: William Morris and J.R.R. Tolkien”. Second Spring, Oxford, England.

Oct. 4-5: Strauss Lectures, Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, IL

 

2015:

Nov. 30: First Baptist Church, Arlington, TX

Nov. 8:  Memoir and Creative Nonfiction workshop. Writespace, Houston, TX.

Oct. 19: “Tolkien and Modern Fantasy.” Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO.

Oct. 16: Gala premiere of Convinced, Orange County, CA.

Oct. 14: “Not God’s Type”. St Michael Catholic Church, Houston, TX.

Sept 23: “Imaginative Apologetics.” Northwest University, Seattle, WA.

June 22: “Tolkien and Modern Fantasy.” Regent University, Oxford, England.

May 2: “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Literary Apologetics.” REASONS Apologetics Conference, The Woodlands, TX.

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