Speaker Bios

  • David G. Crouse, Emmy Award winning Independent Film Producer
  • Chip Duncan, Emmy Award winning Filmmaker, Global Ambassador, Author & Photographer
  • Verlyn Flieger, Author and Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland
  • Peter J. Schakel, Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English at Hope College

David Crouse

David Crouse

David Crouse is a multiple Emmy Award winning independent film producer.

The company is committed to producing family friendly television programs that are mass distributed in North American as well as worldwide. Crouse, along with producing partner Chip Duncan, have the distinction of being the first producers ever granted interviews with five former U. S. President for a single documentary (Presidents Reagan, Ford, Carter, Nixon and Bush). Crouse’s documentaries focus on religion, politics, biography, and the environment. He co-produced The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Work of CS Lewis with Chip Duncan.

Crouse has served on numerous boards both locally and nationally. He is also co-founder of the C. S. Lewis Festival.

Chip Duncan

Chip Duncan

Writer/Director Chip Duncan authored the book The Magic Never Ends and wrote, produced and directed the popular documentary. Duncan reprises his role on A Quest for Meaning and the related educational components including a detailed roundtable discussion on The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Duncan’s recent work as a documentary writer/director includes the 3-part public television series The Reagan Presidency (2013), the PBS special Landslide – Herbert Hoover (2009), the 2-part public television documentary A History of Prayer in America (2007) and the PBS special In a Just World (2004). Duncan also wrote and directed the 13 part Discovery Network series on spiritual places of the world called Mystic Lands (1996) and authored the book Enough to go Around (2009).

Duncan is currently in production on the documentary The Negotiator – George Mitchell and the Art of Conflict Resolution (slated for 2015 broadcast).

Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger is Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland, where she taught courses in Tolkien from 1977-2012.  She now teaches online courses for Signum University in Tolkien, Arthurian Literature, and comparative mythology.

Her books on Tolkien include Splintered Light, A Question of Time, Interrupted Music, and Green Suns and Faërie, and editions of Tolkien's essay "On Fairy-Stories", and his short story "Smith of Wootton Major". With Carl Hostetter she edited Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth. With David Bratman and Michael D.C. Drout she edits Tolkien Studies.

She has also published two fantasy novels, Pig Tale, and The Inn At Corbies' Caww, an Arthurian novella, Avilion, and short stories, "Green Hill Country" in Seekers of Dreams, a collection of fantasy stories, and 'Igraine at Tintagel" in Amazing Graces, an anthology of women's fiction.

Peter Schakel

Peter J. Schakel

Peter J. Schakel received his B.A. from Central College in Iowa and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught at Hope College since 1969 and for the past thirty years has been the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English.

His area of scholarly specialization is British Literature 1660-1745, focusing particularly on Jonathan Swift. He has written many articles and reviews on this period and is author of The Poetry of Jonathan Swift: Allusion and the Development of a Poetic Style (University of Wisconsin Press, 1978), editor of Critical Approaches to Teaching Swift (AMS Press, 1992), and co-editor of Eighteenth-Century Contexts: Historical Inquiries in Honor of Phillip Harth (University of Wisconsin Press, 2001).

His interest in C. S. Lewis began in 1973, when he began using some of Lewis’s works in a freshman comp course. He went on to write five books on Lewis: Reading with the Heart: The Way into Narnia (1979), Reason and Imagination in C. S. Lewis: A Study of “Till We Have Faces” (1984), Imagination and the Arts in C. S. Lewis (2002), The Way into Narnia: A Reader’s Guide (2005), and Is Your Lord Large Enough? (2008). He has also edited or co-edited two books on Lewis and one on Charles Williams:

He and a colleague, Jack Ridl, have co-authored several literature textbooks, including Approaching Poetry (1997), Approaching Literature: Reading + Thinking + Writing (3rd edition, 2012) and 250 Poems: A Portable Anthology (3rd edition, 2013).

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