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Save the Date: November 10, 2018
University of Kentucky

About the Forum

Mars Hill Forum is hosted by University Christian Fellowship—a ministry of the Christian Fellowship family of local churches in Central Kentucky—as one of a series of events aimed at reaching the University of Kentucky and surrounding area with the truth and beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Focused on examining the intersection of faith and culture (fides et cultura), each Forum will feature keynote lectures by prominent scholars, authors, theologians, and pastors, as well as opportunities for dialogue and Q&A around a central topic, question, theme, or author.

Other events include our annual ballet production of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and various book clubs and reading groups.

2018 Keynote Speakers

Dr. David C. Downing

David C. Downing is the R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Beginning on July 1, 2018, he will become Co-Director (with his wife Crystal) of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Illinois.

Downing has written four scholarly books on C. S. Lewis, and is consulting reader on C. S. Lewis for the Publications of the Modern Languages Association (PMLA), as well as Christian Scholars Review and Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review. He has also served as an editorial consultant for Cambridge University Press and a number of American university presses.

Downing grew up in Colorado, went to college in Santa Barbara, and earned his PhD from UCLA. He currently teaches professional and creative writing at Elizabethtown College.

Dr. Louis Markos

Louis Markos holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan.  

He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film. 

He is the author of sixteen published books and two lecture series with the Teaching Company/Great Courses (The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis; Plato to Postmodernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author). 

He has published over 150 articles and reviews in such journals as Christianity Today, Touchstone, Theology Today, Christian Research Journal, Mythlore, Christian Scholar’s Review, Saint Austin Review, American Arts Quarterly, and The City, and had his modern adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris, Euripides’ Helen, and Sophocles’ Electra performed off-Broadway. 

Parking Information

The address for the parking lot is 301 Scott St, Lexington, KY 40508, and it’s about a 7 minute walk from there to Memorial Hall. Any of the “E” lots are available for you to freely park in (which are all three of the big ones in the picture).