The Night School for Deeper Learning (Series X, Session IV)
April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Series 10 of The Night School (TNS) will focus on the Oxford Inklings. We will have as our Guests various members of the Oxford Inklings – an informal group of literary friends that met in Oxford, England from the 1920s through the 1940s. About them Peter Schakel writes in Britannica Online at “Inklings”:
As Lewis’s brother Warren (“Warnie”) put it, “There were no rules, officers, agendas, or formal elections.” Lewis was the central figure, and others in it were mostly friends and university colleagues of his. Other members in addition to Lewis, Lewis’s brother, and Tolkien were Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Colin Hardie, Adam Fox, Hugo Dyson, Lord David Cecil, and Nevill Coghill. The group’s name was taken over from a student literary club at the University of Oxford when it ceased in 1933. But “pre-Inkling” meetings of Lewis with Barfield and Tolkien had started in the late 1920s, before the group adopted the name. Tolkien explained the name as a pun, meaning both “people with vague or half-formed intimations and ideas” and “those who dabble in ink”—thus doubly suitable for a group of writers discussing works-in-progress.”
From Wikipedia, there is this more complete list:
A special feature of Series 10 is that we will invite learned and skilled-as Teachers friends of the Faber Institute to lead at least three of the six Tuesday nights. (Father Ganz will attend on those nights.) The Faber Institute has many such friends, and we like when this strength of the Institute has a chance to demonstrate itself and to enrich all of us. As we proceed through these months, we will let everyone know who will lead on those third Tuesday nights, and which of the Inklings he or she will invite as our Guest.