Grandson of Inklings member Owen Barfield to visit Library

On Tuesday, August 26, Owen A. Barfield, the grandson of Owen Barfield (1898-1997) will visit the Library for a discussion about his grandfather’s work and thought. Owen Barfield was one of the twentieth century’s most original thinkers. A philosopher and poet, Barfield was a friend of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, both of whose works were influenced by his ideas. Owing to his friendship with Lewis from their student years and his long life, Barfield has been called “the first and last Inkling,” a reference to the informal literary circle of that name at Oxford.

Although Lewis credited Barfield with helping to turn him from atheism to belief in God, Barfield was not an orthodox believer and his writings were heavily influenced by anthroposophy, a spiritualistic school of philosophy founded by Rudolph Steiner. Barfield believed in evolution and saw reincarnation as an essential compensation for the inequalities created by the gradual development of humanity. Yet he considered himself a Christian and declared that taking communion constituted his “happiest hour.”*

“A Conversation with Owen A. Barfield” is being sponsored by the School of Divinity, School of Communication and the Arts, and the University Library. The event will take place from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Library Gallery area. Mr. Barfield will be joined by Dr. Michael Elam, Dr. Micahel DiFuccia, and Dr. Bill Brown in a discussion about the role of imagination in life, the Inklings, and more. Following the program, please join us for fellowship, tea, and scones. A RSVP, while not required, is encouraged, and can be done on Facebook, Google+ or by an e-mail to Stephanie Lowell at


*Paul R Waibel and M. Kari Daven, “Owen Barfield,” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013), Research Starters, EBSCOhost.

Post your favorite book for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.

It’s not too late to enter the Library’s start-of-the-year drawing for a $30 Amazon gift card. Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Join our Facebook group or follow our Google+ page.
  2. Enter your favorite book in the comment section of the Amazon gift card post. (It’s at the top of the newsfeed.)

That’s all! Old members are also eligible to win. Just post your favorite book in the same location. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, August 26.

Visiting scholar from UK visits Library Special Collections

Dr. Maiden examining the Dennis Bennett papers in Special Collections.

Dr. Maiden examining the Dennis Bennett papers in Special Collections.

From July 28 through August 4, the Library hosted a visiting scholar from Britain. John Maiden, Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University in Milton Keynes, came to Regent to examine documents in the Rev. Dennis J. Bennett archive, housed in the Library’s Special Collections. Dr. Maiden is working on a book on the Charismatic and Renewal movements during the 1960s and 1970s within the historic/mainline denominations in the United Kingdom, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

The Bennett archive in the Library occupies a crucial part of this history, since the beginning of the Charismatic movement is often marked by the date April 3, 1960, when Reverend Bennett announced from his pulpit at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, California that he had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and had spoken in tongues.

At the end of his visit to the Library, Dr. Maiden thanked Special Collections assistants Donald Gantz and Yabbeju (Jabez) Rapaka for all their help in making his stay a success. The Library is pleased to have been able to assist Dr. Maiden in his research.

Use Library databases—not Wikipedia—for medical research.

Don't use Wikipedia for medical research.

Don’t use Wikipedia for medical research.

OK, let’s be honest: If you came home from a walk in the woods and discovered a tick on your skin, where would you turn first for information? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably Wikipedia. By doing so, however, you could be placing yourself at risk. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that “most Wikipedia articles representing the 10 most costly medical conditions in the United States contain many errors when checked against standard peer-reviewed sources.”1 Moreover, the report’s lead author, Dr. Robert Hasty, concludes that “from a public health standpoint, patients should not use it as a primary resource because those articles do not go through the same peer-review process as medical journals.”2

Use the Library's medical databases.

Use the Library’s medical databases.

So where should you turn? The Library subscribes to two databases with authoritative medical information: Consumer Health Complete and Alt HealthWatch.

Consumer Health Complete provides “the single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content… covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.”3

Alt HealthWatch “focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness… with full-text articles for 200 international, and often peer-reviewed, journals and reports.”4

While Dr. Hasty cautions that “the best resource when looking for a diagnosis is to speak with your physician,”5 the Library’s medical databases can provide you with the information you need to be an informed patient. To try Consumer Health Complete, click here; to try Alt HealthWatch, click here.


1Robert T. Hasty et al., “Wikipedia vs. Peer-Reviewed Medical Literature for Information about the 10 Most Costly Medical Conditions,” The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 114, no. 5 (2014): 368,

2Mike Campea and Nicole Grady, “Caution Prescribed When Researching Medical Conditions on Wikipedia,” American Osteopathic Association, May 2, 2014,

3“Consumer Health Complete: Informing Patients on Important Health Related Topics to Foster an Understanding of Health,” EBSCO, 2014,

4“Alt HealthWatch: An Extensive Resource for Alternative and Holistic Approaches to Health Care and Wellness,” EBSCO, 2014,

5Campea, “Caution Prescribed.”












Library Book Club announces new schedule.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

One of the most famous openings in literature is the beginning of Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Because Tolstoy is one the supreme writers of all time, readers have tended to accept his claim about families as a kernel of aphoristic wisdom. Reader and essayist David P. Goldman, however, argues that Tolstoy got it exactly backwards: “…unhappy families are all unhappy in the same way. It is happy families that are different, because every child is radically unique, such that raising children is the one human activity that is sure to surprise.”*

Goldman’s riposte to Tolstoy brings to mind three reasons on why it is essential that we read literature throughout our lives:

  1. To gain new perspectives, to see the world through other people’s eyes.
  2. To “converse” with the great authors through engagement with their works.
  3. To understand ourselves better.

The mission of the Library Book Club is to encourage the reading of great literature by bringing members of the Regent and CBN communities together to enjoy the unique pleasure of reading and discussing books. For our eighth year, we have assembled a schedule of five classics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, four highly acclaimed contemporary works of literature, and one work of non-fiction. So we hope there’s something for everyone!

Library Book Club Schedule 2014 – 2015

Month Author Title Data & Time
September Rudolfo Anaya Bless Me, Ultima September 25 at 12:00
October Amos Oz & Fania Oz-Salzberger Jews and Words (with guest
moderator, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman)
October 30 at 1:00
November Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) November 20 at 12:00
December Alice Munro Runaway (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) December 11 at 12:00
January Patrick O’Brian Testimonies: A Novel (Dr. Eric
Patterson, discussion moderator)
January 29 at 12:00
February Leo Tolstoy Hadji Murat  February 26 at 12:00
March Marilynne Robinson Lila: A Novel (Dr. Michael
Palmer, discussion moderator)
March 26 at 12:00
April Haruki Murakami After the Quake: Stories  April 23 at 12:00
June Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island (Dr. Peter
Fraser, discussion moderator)
June 25 at 12:00
July Louisa May Alcott Little Women (Dr. Susannah
Clements, discussion moderator)
July 30 at 12:00

Time & Location

Unless otherwise posted, Book Club meetings take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room. Check the events tab of our Facebook or Google+ page for confirmed dates and times. Tea and refreshments are served, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

Distance students and faculty welcome

Distance students and faculty may join our discussions via Google Hangouts, Google’s free videoconferencing service. Here is the permanent link for all Library Hangout events:

For more information about the Book Club, see our website or contact Harold Henkel at


*David P. Goldman, “Thanks, but I already have a novel,” Asia Times Online, January 29, 2013, Accessed July 18, 2013, (accessed July 18, 2014).