It is easy to overlook the thoughtfully made flyers when rushing to and from classes, but one stands out: the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Club.
The C.S. Lewis and Inklings Club was founded at ORU six years ago as one of the first university branches. It is dedicated to celebrating and enjoying the works of the Inklings.
The Inkings were a literary group from 1930 to 1949. They were like-minded writers who valued narrative in fiction and fantasy. Notable members include C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams. ORU Inklings meet about once a month, typically in the staff room of GC 6. Each meeting is based around a particular theme.
September usually holds the annual Hobbit Day Party, which is held in celebration of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ birthday.
“We’ll play games, watch clips from the movie and read quotes from the book,” says Kathryne Hall, club president.
Last October the group focused on “The Screwtape Letters” and encouraged its members to dress up either as a member of the Inklings or as a character like an elf from The Lord of the Rings.
There are no prerequisites to joining C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Club.
“It helps if you love C.S. Lewis but [that’s] not even required.” said Dr. Hall, faculty adviser to the club.
“We encourage people to join from all majors from engineering to art to English to computer science.” Says Kathryne Hall
Although meeting details for next semester are tentative, the Inklings typically have a Tolkien Fest in the spring where they watch all three Lord of the Rings movies in one day.
Held at Dr. Hall’s home, this event is come as you please, and everyone is welcome.
Next time you’re in the stairwell of the GC make sure to search the crowded corkboards for notifications of the next meeting.
If you’d like to be added to the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Club emailing list, notify Kathryne Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.