The Department of Communication & Media is honored to host Dr. Steven A. Beebe, who will discuss his latest book, C. S. Lewis and the Craft of Communication, based on a manuscript fragment he identified in the Oxford University Bodleian Library that was written by Lewis. The manuscript was the beginning of a book in collaboration with J. R. R. Tolkien, to be titled Language and Human Nature.
Dr. Beebe is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Texas State University. He served as Chair of his department at Texas State for 28 years and concurrently as Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication for 25 years. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas State he was a tenured member of the Communication faculty at the University of Miami for 10 years.
Professor Beebe is author and co-author of 14 books (with multiple editions, totaling more than 80 volumes) which have been used by several million students at hundreds of universities throughout the world. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 articles and book chapters and 160 professional papers with an emphasis on communication skill development.
Dr. Beebe has been a Visiting Scholar at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. He has given lectures and conference presentations internationally, including fifteen visits to Russia where he has helped to establish the first communication studies programs there.
Beebe has taught a course titled “C. S. Lewis: Chronicles of a Master Communicator” at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University, since 2005, and has published several articles about Lewis and communication. Last year he discovered an unknown poem by C. S. Lewis—his second unpublished poem discovery.
Dr. Beebe served as president of the National Communication Association, the largest academic professional communication association in the world, and received his university’s top research and service awards. He has also received numerous awards for outstanding teaching at each university where he has taught. The National Communication Association Training and Development Division presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. The National Speaker’s Association has named him Outstanding Communication Professor in America.