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Novelist C.S. Lewis, whose Chronicles of Narnia and others work served a rich metaphor for Christianity, is the subject of the first lecture in this year’s San Marcos Academy-Texas State University Distinguished Lecture Series. Texas State communications professor Steven A. Beebe, who has has taught courses on Lewis at Lewis’ alma mater, Oxford, is the featured speaker.

by SHELLEY HENRY

An internationally renowned C.S. Lewis scholar and expert in the field of communications studies will deliver the inaugural lecture for this year’s San Marcos Academy-Texas State University Distinguished Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Oct. 9 on the Academy campus.

Beebe

Dr. Steven A. Beebe is a Regents’ Communications Studies professor at Texas State University, where he is serving in his 27th year as the Department of Communication Studies chair. He is also a College of Fine Arts and Communication dean.

Beebe has taught a course titled “C.S. Lewis: Chronicles of a Master Communicator” on three occasions at Oxford University and will deliver a lecture on that topic for upper-level honors students at the Academy. The public is also invited to attend the presentation in the Katherine Shultz Lecture Hall at the Academy.

During his career, Beebe has given lectures and conference presentations throughout Europe, Asia and Central America and was instrumental in establishing the first communications studies programs in Russia. He was elected a permanent member of the common room of Oxford University’s Wolfson College and has also been a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University.

In 2009, Beebe made international headlines when he discovered an unpublished book manuscript fragment written by C. S. Lewis that was to be part of a collaboration with J. R. R. Tolkien.

As a communication consultant, trainer and conference speaker, Beebe is in high demand, with clients including IBM, 3M, Motorola, American Express and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Education. In 2010 Beebe was elected 2nd Vice President of the National Communication Association (NCA) and will become president in 2013. NCA is the largest professional communication association in the world.

Beebe is author and co-author of twelve books as well as multiple articles and papers. His communication books have been used at more than 1200 colleges and universities throughout the world, making him one of the top communication textbook authors in the United States. His co-authored books Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication are also ranked among the most used books in the nation.

At Texas State, Beebe has received the university’s highest awards for both research and for service. He was the 2010 Honors Professor of the Year at Texas State and was named Outstanding Communication Professor in America by the National Speaker’s Association in 1996.

San Marcos Academy has partnered with Texas State told hold the Distinguished Lecture Series for four years.

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