The King's College


NARNIA, MIDDLE-EARTH AND THE GREAT WAR: A Conversation with Michael Ward and Joseph Loconte

Mar 12th 201806:30 to 07:30The King's College, City Room, 56 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, USA

Join The King’s College for an evening with Dr. Michael Ward and Dr. Joseph Loconte as they discuss Narnia, Middle-Earth, and the Great War on Monday, March 12 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in King’s 5th Floor City Room. Tickets required for entry. Doors open at 6:15 PM.



Michael Ward is Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He is the author of the award-winning Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press).

On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death (22 November 2013), Professor Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey. He is the co-editor of a volume of commemorative essays marking the anniversary, entitled C.S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner (2016).

Michael Ward presented the BBC1 television documentary, The Narnia Code (2009), directed and produced by the BAFTA-winning film-maker, Norman Stone. He authored an accompanying book entitled The Narnia Code: C.S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens (Tyndale House, USA / Paternoster, UK).

Dr. Ward served as Chaplain of St. Peter’s College in the University of Oxford from 2009 to 2012 and as Chaplain of Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge between 2004 and 2007. He was resident Warden of The Kilns, Lewis’s Oxford home, from 1996 to 1999.

He studied English at Oxford, Theology at Cambridge, and has a PhD in Divinity from St. Andrews.


Joseph Loconte, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, U.S. Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. He previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Mr. Loconte was named a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Loconte held the first chair in religion and civil society as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Loconte has been a frequent contributor to print and broadcast media. For 10 years he was a regular commentator on religion and the public square for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” His other media appearances include the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Times of London, theWashington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, the New Republic, the American Interest, the National Interest,National Review, and Books and Culture. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the London-based Standpoint, and serves as a Senior Editor at Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy.

Mr. Loconte is the author of several books, including: the New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 (HarperCollins 2015); God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West (Lexington Press, 2014); The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt (Thomas Nelson, 2012); and The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004). He is currently at work on a documentary film based on his book A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War.

Mr. Loconte has a master’s degree from Wheaton College and earned his PhD in history at King’s College London, University of London. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.


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This event is presented by The King’s College – New York City, 56 Broadway, New York, NY 10006.