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Bay View Week 2013

Bay View Sunday Worship Service – Gary Schmidt, Professor, Calvin College

Sunday, July 21, 2013, 10:45 a.m. – Noon, Hall Auditorium

The sermon will be focusing on the story of Naaman, the general who was healed of leprosy–though he resisted as much as he could.  I’ll be looking at the strangeness of that story, particularly what happens directly after the healing, as a way of talking about how writers ask questions in order to investigate the messiness of our world.

“Writing as Loving the Stuff of the World” – Gary Schmidt

Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – Voorhies Hall

Since I’m a writer for young readers, I’ll be focusing here on what it means to approach the created world as a writer who is negotiating that world, and presenting that world, to young readers.  We’ll begin with definitions of the field of children’s literature, and here we’ll use some of C. S. Lewis’ “Three Ways of Writing for Children,” which we will be using throughout the week.

“Writing as Loving the Stuff of the Craft” – Gary Schmidt

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – Voorhies Hall

Still on children’s literature as our area of focus, we’ll be talking about the craft of children’s literature, and what it is to do.  Our major example is going to be early American children’s literature, from 1930 to 1960, as a way of focusing how writers have used their craft.

“Writing as Staying Awake” – Gary Schmidt

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10 a.m. – Voorhies Hall

Here we’ll use American children’s literature again, but this time from 1960 on.  The focus here will be on how modern children’s literature has focused on awareness of the self, and seeks to entertain and to teach through an inner journey that would have been absolutely foreign to earlier children’s literature.

“Augustine’s Fourth Question” – Gary Schmidt

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – Voorhies Hall

Here we’ll look at the writer’s focus on the spiritual questions, and again, focus on how this is done in children’s literature.  We will look some at the Narnia series as our beginning point, but focus more fully on Biblical retellings and other texts that ask spiritual questions as a way of coming at the challenge that Augustine poses in his fourth as yet undisclosed) question.

Staged Reading of “Freud’s Last Session”

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Thursday, July 25, 2013, 8:00 p.m. – Voorhies Hall

Freud’s Last Session depicts a fictional encounter between young Christian author and professor C. S. Lewis and Dr. Sigmund Freud, whose theories revolutionized psychology. Set during the beginning of World War II, the work mixes humor, sharp insights, and deep convictions as the two debate questions of life, sex, and religion. Local actors Greg Hill and Frank Nemecek will reprise their roles from our 2012 Festival.