Inklings Project Offers Faculty Grants to Create Courses Based on Works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

By Margaret Scroope

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Notre Dame, IN –The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame has announced a new partnership with an intercollegiate initiative called the Inklings Project. The initiative is sponsoring $1,500 grants to college and university faculty from all disciplines who are interested in creating courses that explore the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other Inklings. The Inklings were an informal literary discussion group at the University of Oxford in the early 1900s that included Lewis and Tolkien among other notable authors.

The Inklings Project aims to provide students and professors with new opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions about enduring themes like goodness and evil, joy and pain, heroism and meaning. By reading great literature together students are able to examine their own lives in more fruitful ways. The idea began more than a decade ago at Brown University, where Dr. Timothy Flanigan created an undergraduate seminar called “Beyond Narnia: the Literature of C.S. Lewis.”

Applications are due July 1, 2023. Those accepted will be notified by August 2023, with awardees being named Project Fellows for the 2023-24 academic year. Recipients will receive support and resources for their course, access to a rich community of Inklings scholars, and invitations to Inklings-related events and workshops.

Leonard DeLorenzo, Ph.D., editor of Chronicles of Transformation: A Spiritual Journey with C.S. Lewis, is facilitating the Inklings Project on Notre Dame’s campus through the McGrath Institute. 

“What you read goes a long way toward shaping the kind of person you become. At the same time, the kind of person you have become goes a long way toward determining how you read what you read, what you think about and how, and the ways in which you interpret the world around you,” DeLorenzo said. ”Our goal is to bring these insights to students across the nation through the work of the Inklings.”

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Questions may be directed to: Liz Zenger, Director of the Inklings Project,