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14th Annual Ellen S. Hurwitz Lecture to Explore "C.S. Lewis: Then and Now... and Hereafter"



May 1, 2014


Reading, Pa. – James Como, Ph.D., professor emeritus of rhetoric and public communication at York College, City University of New York, will present Albright College’s 14th annual Ellen S. Hurwitz Presidential Lecture on Faith, Reason and the Imagination on Thursday, May 8. The lecture, “C.S. Lewis: Then and Now… and Hereafter,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Memorial Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

A founding member of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, Como has written three books on Lewis: Why I Believe Narnia: Thirty-three Essays and Reviews on the Life and Work of C. S. Lewis; Branches to Heaven: The Geniuses of C. S. Lewis; and Remembering C. S. Lewis. Como also has published numerous journal articles on Lewis and has been an on-air commentator for PBS on “The Question of God,” for The Hallmark Channel on “Beyond Narnia,” for the BBC’s “De-coding Narnia,” and for Day of Discovery’s “C. S. Lewis: The Reluctant Convert.”

A credentialed foreign journalist, Como covered the landmark Peruvian elections of 1990 for the National Review and, more recently, published “Letter from Lima” in The New Criterion. Widely traveled as a communication consultant, he has counseled a broad diversity of people within a wide range of settings. His essay “The Salon: Restoring Conversation” will appear in the summer issue of the journal Arion.

In 1968, Como joined the faculty of CUNY, where he founded the speech discipline and chaired the Department of Performing and Fine Arts. He holds advanced degrees in medieval English literature from Fordham University, in public and group communication from Queens College, and in language, literature and rhetoric from Columbia University.

The Ellen S. Hurwitz Presidential Lecture Series on Faith, Reason and the Imagination was established in honor of Albright’s 12th president. The series, which focuses on both faith and spirit, invites world-class leaders to Albright to foster conversations across the many faith traditions at the College, connecting learning, creativity and the cosmic picture.

Memorial Chapel is located on the Albright College campus at 13th & Union streets, Reading.


Founded in 1856, Albright College is a selective, national liberal arts college enrolling 1,700 full-time undergraduates and more than 800 adult learners and graduate students. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum, strengthened by a close-knit residential learning environment, encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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