Brown to discuss popular 'Chronicles of Narnia' books at Milligan

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Oct. 28, 2010) — Dr. Devin Brown, an author and expert on the writings of C.S. Lewis, will speak at Milligan College on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel and again at 12:15 p.m. in Milligan’s McCormick Dining Center annex.

The lecture will focus on spiritual lessons from “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and the noon event will reveal Brown’s insights into the third “Narnia” novel, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Both events are free and open to the public.

The Milligan lectures closely follow the Oct. 1 publication of Brown’s own book, “Inside The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” which takes a close look at symbols, themes and other literary devices used by Lewis. The lectures are also in preparation for the upcoming Dec. 10 release of “The Voyage” film in theaters.

“Dr. Brown will take us through the wardrobe and into Narnia with his infectious enthusiasm and challenging insights into Lewis’s chronicles,” said Dr. Jack Knowles, professor emeritus of English at Milligan and fellow Lewis expert.

Brown, an English professor at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., holds a doctorate in English from the University of South Carolina and is a celebrated Lewis scholar. He has authored three books based on “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, including “Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005), “Inside Prince Caspian” (2008) and “Inside The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010).

“The third ‘Narnia’ film is due to appear in theaters this December, and we are eager to learn from Dr. Brown what to expect as Lewis’s book is transformed for the screen,” said Knowles.

Brown’s children’s book, “Not Exactly Normal,” was listed on the Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year and named a Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Book. Brown has also published many articles on Lewis, presented scholarly papers at prestigious universities, such as Oxford, and written numerous poems for literary journals.

For more information about spiritual formation programs at Milligan, contact campus minister Brad Wallace at 423.461.8748 or visit

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